Thanks a lot for your letter. Hope you passed your German test.
You asked me about the educational system in Russia. Well, most people go to nursery school first between 3 and 7 years old. Then, from age 7 onwards, education is compulsory and everybody goes to primary school until you`re 10 years old.
Between 11 and 15 years old, we go to secondary school. At the age of 16, we move to senior high school and stay there until 18. We take exams after secondary and after senior high school. They`re very important and you have to get good grades inthose exams to get into university.
In Russia education is free for everybody, but there`re private schools as well.
In times of high unemployment, many people work hard for exams to give themselves a better chance of getting a good job. And there are only few high-fliers who have come to the top without being born with a silver spoon in their mouth and without getting A grades in their exams. So we see
Different people put their own thoughts into this term, but as for me, education isn`t only about learning and remembering information. In my view, the main purpose of it is to bringout people`s abilities and talents. Besides, education prepares people for jobs.
Of course, if you`re unambitious and if you`re ready to give your whole life to, for example, importing coffee, you don`t need to be a mathematical genius or have a degree in business studies to get it right. So in that case, getting higher education would be a complete waste of time. But if you`re purposeful with a great wish to achieve a lot in your life, you should go straight to university to get higher education. It will be quite challenging, but it will be good practice for you before going out into the wider world.
All these lines are said by a first-year-student of the Volgograd State Teacher Training University. I had done a great job before I became a student of this wonderful educational institution.
I left school in June and began to prepare for my entrance exam to the University. I was lucky and passed it with excellent mark. I didn`t have an idea I`d have the highest mark because I wasn`t sure about the last 2 tasks of my 3-hour paper. But I was happy with the first 8, so I`ve made it up.
When my parents heard about my achievement, they all jumped up and down a bit. So I became a student. But it`s only the first steps to fame and fortune. I work hard at University and I eventually hope to become a good teacher of English in5 years. It`s an ambition I have in my teens. Our teacher is concentrating her efforts on my pronunciation. And I`m trying to get rid of my phonetic mistakes to the best of my abilities, but it`s too early to say that pronunciation is my strong point.
I`ve made up my mind to continue my studies as long as possible in order to get higher qualification and learn the skills to help me get a better job in the future.
Трагедія маленької людини в шинель.
Educational system in Russia (informal letter)