of parents believe that the content of tests can prevent their children from passing the BSE (Basic State Exam) after the 9th grade.
Furthermore, parents cite individual characteristics of the child (43%), as well as bad teachers and educational programmes at school (37%) as being among the significant obstacles to passing this exam.
In speaking of the difficulties of passing the USE (Unified State Exam), 65% of parents cite complex tasks, 44% mention characteristics of the child, and 41% point to problems with programmes and teachers.
These data are presented in a report by Alina Pishnyak, deputy director of the Institute of Humanitarian Development of the Megapolis, and Natalia Khalina, research fellow at the Institute, entitled ‘Perceptions of the Parents of Moscow Schoolchildren Concerning Barriers to Passing the State Final Exam and the Unified State Exam’.
According to the findings of HSE researchers, up to one-quarter of school graduates in Moscow enrol in low-quality universities despite scoring highly on their Unified State Exam, the final school exam and a standard university admission mechanism in Russia. This academic mismatch limits their life opportunities and often stems from unequal starting conditions in the family and at school.
Students of the HSE School of Software Engineering won the Russian final of the Microsoft Imagine Cup contest for software projects on April 6, 2013, in Moscow. Now they will represent Russia in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Final in July 2013 in Saint Petersburg.