Astronomy is back to Penza schools
Penza, 25 November 2017. PenzaNews. According to the order of the Ministry of Education of Russia, astronomy has become a mandatory subject: starting September 1, it will be taught in all Penza schools at the higher level of general education.
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As the Penza Department for Education told PenzaNews, at present each school has the right to decide whether to introduce the subject or not.
"The decision is made by heads of schools in accordance with readiness of an educational institution to teach astronomy – each school should decide if it has textbooks and teaching aids, appropriate facilities and resources, as well as teachers who have undergone advanced training course," the department said.
According to the monitoring carried out by the Penza Department for Education, in 2017-2018 astronomy is learned by senior pupils of 53 schools.
The subject is taught to pupils of the 10th form in seven educational institutions, to pupils of the 11th form – in 39 educational institution, and in seven schools – to both pupils of the 10th and 11th forms.
Astronomy as a separate subject is learned in 35 schools of Penza, whereas in 20 schools it is learned as a part of lessons in physics, in four – as an elective, and in two others – as a part of supplementary education.
Seven institutions of general education use several forms of organization at the same time to study astronomy.