Educational System in Russia is not so complicated as it is in Great Britain.
The school education is compulsory.
Pupils begin to go to school at the age of seven. The pupils are not streamed as they are in England.
When they complete nine grades, they can either continue to study at school for two more years or to go to a professional school, where they study not only main subjects but are able to learn some profession and to become skilled workers.
At schools the pupils study many subjects. They also have physical training and practical labour activities The school children usually have four, to seven lessons 5 or 6 days a week.
At the end of the school-year they usually have to pass some exams. They have short vacations, in autumn, winter and spring, and a three-month vacation in summer.
When school pupils leave school, they can try to continue education. For that they have to take entrance examinations to the university they choose. If they enter, they usually study for another 4, 5, or 6 years.
After graduating from the university they get a diploma but they can continue studies to obtain a degree. They are called post-graduate students. In many universities the education is not free, in them the students have to pay a certain amount of money for the whole period of education.
Our system of education has many advantages. But it also has many problems: of qualified teachers, text-books, school programs, financial support of the state etc., and it will take a long time to solve them.
complicated — запутанный, сложный
entrance examinations — вступительные экзамены
gymnasium (мн.ч. gymnasia) — гимназия
financial — финансовый
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