Despite the decision of the Supreme Court dated August 27, 2015 which explained Decree # 32 of the Ministry of Education and Science “On Statement of Admission for Studying on Educational Programs of Primary General, Basic General and Secondary Education”, schools keep denying foreign children admission citing this very decree.
School principals from different regions who talked to Civic Assistance complained about being pressured by migration services when it came to admittance or study continuation for children with unsettled migration statuses or no registration (either registration at the place of stay or residence).
Following today’s press conference in Sakharov Center, where we talked about our struggle for access to education, we publish some basic theses on the subject. It was prepared by Civic Assistance Committee employee Konstantin Troitsky who reviews this issue.
More than half a year ago the Supreme Court affirmed children’s right to education. But difficulties still arise. Paradoxically, the Civic Assistance Committee is forced to present an external organisation, bringing to schools’ attention the position of the Supreme Court and of the Ministry of Education. Fortunately, this strategy works.
The public services portal of Moscow region published a form for enrolment of children in the first grade. It is indicated in the from that for school enrolment a child must possess a temprorary or permanent registration in Moscow region. This is a direct violation of the Constitution and the Federal Law “On Education”, which says, that the lack of registation can not be a ground for refusal.
Now a few reminds about events which took place two years ago when beating of a policeman at Matveevskiy market provoked a wide scale discussion in media. But laws, adopted against that background, are still in effect. Konstantin Troitsky, Head of Monitoring Group of Civic Assistance Committee, analized legal practice, developed in Moscow for this time.
Our report in “Mediazona” on how the queues in the offices of the Federal Migration Service became a goldmine for intermediaries, who are not always quite legal.
Svetlana Gannushkina, member of the board of the International Memorial Society, director of the Migration and Law network, chair of Civic Assistance committee, member of the governmental Commission on Migration Policy: “Parliament is not a place for discussion. The Duma is not a place for thinking. And laws are not written to be implemented.”