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On the situation with olympiads for now

On the situation with olympiads for now

  1. About echoes of the last academic year
  2. What was worth doing the Ministry of Education and Science and IZO
  3. Current situation
  4. Olympiads anyway, at all costs!
  5. What you should do

  1. About echoes of the last academic year

It should be reminded that last year, after the cancellation of the IV stages of the Olympiads in March and April, the Ministry of Education and Science decided not to conduct them at all. Because of this, the participation of Ukrainian teams in all International Olympiads hung. Mathematicians and informatics decided to carry out all the proper activities on their own. In the future, to be more accurate, I will talk only about the situation with mathematical measures, on the issues of computer science everything approximately happened in the same way.

In rather difficult conditions, in compliance with all safety requirements, the All-Ukrainian Online Olympiad (WIM) and the selection of the Ukrainian team for the International Mathematical Olympiad were held. I have written about this a lot and have repeatedly written on our website, so those interested can get acquainted in more detail with all stages of preparation and holding of events. According to their results, the Team of Ukraine took part in the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad, where it won 6 silver individual awards and 11 overall places among 105 participating countries.

We really wanted to recognize the events held as successors of olympiads, that is, to equate this Olympiad to the corresponding IV stage of the All-Ukrainian Olympiad in Mathematics. Perhaps without the presentation of official diplomas from the Ministry of Education and Science to the winners and participants, then at least taking into account it when recalculating the rating of regions for the 2020-21 academic year and recognizing our winners of the International Olympiads with the presentation of Presidential scholarships to them.

The Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Education and Science decided otherwise. They strictly adhered to the letter of the law and the current Regulations on olympiads. Since this form of the IV stage is not envisaged there, since the Ministry of Education and Science did not delegate the team to the International Mathematical Olympiad, then nothing can be recognized. There was also an explanation that if at least one child did not get into our elderly UM due to various considerations, then she can sue the Ministry of Education and Science about the illegality of our event and it seems easy to win this claim. By the way, I would like to remind you that 161 children took part in the OM, of which 147 were on the lists of regions, the rest were spare.

I repeat, the letter of the law was strictly observed, and the situation in Ukraine and the world related to the epidemiological situation was not taken into account. That is, the spirit of the current situation was not taken into account. But we will return to this letter and spirit.

 

  1. What was worth doing the Ministry of Education and Science and IZO

Since the quarantine began in March, it was necessary to develop a temporary Regulation on holding Olympiads in a pandemic. It is taking into account the situation when participants can be located in different regions in order to minimize ukraine's movement of potential participants of olympiads and excessive crowding during the events.

Similarly, immediately after the end of the strict quarantine, when it was decided to conduct external testing, take care of the IV stages of the All-Ukrainian Olympiads and conduct them.

 

  1. Current situation

The Ministry of Education and Science issued order No. 1175 of 24.09.2020 "On all-Ukrainian student olympiads and tournaments in academic subjects in the 2020/2021 academic year", which refers to the IV stages of all-Ukrainian Olympiads, as well as the first paragraph prescribed by the following.

  1. Structural subdivisions of education and science of local executive authorities, institutes of postgraduate pedagogical education to ensure the conduct of All-Ukrainian student olympiads in academic subjects in compliance with the legislation of Ukraine in terms of preventing the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the corona virus SARS-CoV-2: Stage I – in October 2020, stage 2 – in November-December 2020, stage 3 – in January-February 2020

Thus, everything is entrusted to the local authorities. But the Ministry of Education and Science in 2019/2020 canceled the IV stages of the All-Ukrainian Olympiads for objective reasons, now local executive authorities quietly refuse to conduct the first and second stages of olympiads, in particular in the city of Kyiv.

Thus, either it was not necessary to issue this order, or to control its implementation. Because if in the future to strictly imitate the letter of the law, then without conducting the first and second stages of olympiads has no opportunity to conduct the 3rd stages of olympiads in accordance with the current Regulations. Similarly, if the 3rd stage without the first and second stages is somehow implemented, then claims to the court from each potential participant of the Olympiads of the first and second stages will be won in the courts.

Thus, if we make a decision of local authorities, it is necessary to develop "temporary principles" for holding olympiads this year. But these principles will violate the current Regulation, and therefore where is the logic in the non-recognition of previous measures? Moreover, sufficiently good experience has been gained in conducting OM in the conditions of restrictions, and this should be useful when developing a new vision of the situation with olympiads.

My vision is quite simple – it is necessary to require the I and second stages of olympiads, as provided for by the current Regulations and as emphasized by the quoted order of the Ministry of Education and Science. At the same time, there are already many supporters of the complete cancellation of all Olympiads (by the way, not only in such quarantine years, but also in general in a normal situation) and not to do anything very calm and beautiful. At least for such a form of "activity" as "not holding any events for talented children" there is no punishment.

If you listen to the situation and do not conduct the second stages of olympiads, then only under one hundred percent guarantees that the 3rd stages of olympiads will be held. But this will require many decisions that will take into account not the letter of the law, but the spirit of the current situation. But this immediately begins to smell of double standards, because we already have a precedent for not recognizing the "people's" Olympiads (as one of my interlocutors accurately described them), so there are no grounds for recognition of other forms.

 

  1. Olympiads anyway, at all costs!

In fact, we do not require olympiads at any cost, as it could have happened from the previous points. On the contrary, everything we carry out occurs with maximum observance of safety standards, norms that are an order of magnitude higher than the existing ones in schools, transport, shops, etc. No one is going to put our talented children in unnecessary danger.

But imagine that if out of 1000 potential participants of the Olympiad 10 are sick and 100 on self-isolation are also considered wrong. This year it is necessary to understand that the result is not the main thing, the main thing, of course, is health and safety. But do not hide in the houses and do not let the children go anywhere, especially since they are not sitting there. Schools work mostly normally most of the time, sports competitions take place and much more. If the child is sick, then he will be left without an Olympiad, which is no different from the situation of previous years, when, for example, the flu epidemic could not allow some students, in particular, potential winners, to take part in the Olympiad. So now, if anyone falls into self-isolation, then if you want to participate in the Olympiad, this child has 2 weeks not to contact anyone, as required by the current norms of life. Well, in no way to be forced to participate in olympiads of those who do not want it for various reasons.

 

  1. What you should do

The main thing is to recognize all the mistakes already made and correct everything that is possible. For example, going back to the beginning, to recognize the 4th stage of the All-Ukrainian Olympiad in Mathematics as the successor to the 4th stage of the All-Ukrainian Olympiad in Mathematics, to submit our winners of the International Olympiads for presidential scholarships. Acknowledging mistakes is always not easy, so further action is quite simple.

It is urgently necessary to group the whole community, which is ready to join the safe conduct of olympiads under the current conditions. Do not in any way involve those who believe that this should not be done, because they will only be sorry. All healthy forces should gather and discuss, or rather work out and very urgently, how to conduct olympiads this year. There is very little time left.

Otherwise, it is necessary to group all the healthy forces – teachers, parents, graduates, etc. in order to press together the solution to this issue. Please, get involved and help who sees solutions to the situation, prompt which ones. Perhaps they will be different from those offered here, but the main thing is to lead to the achievement of the desired goal. If they are right we will also gladly support them.

Last but not least, if the Ministry of Education and Science and local authorities refuse to hold any Olympiads, then we just have to organize everything and do it ourselves! And to conduct the so-called "people's Olympiads", we have experience in conducting AI, it remains only to extend it to other stages of olympiads.

GLORY TO UKRAINE!!
GLORY TO THE HEROES!!!

 

Zarina

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