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From 2022, schoolchildren will study online only on proven services.

Digital platforms, online textbooks and electronic educational resources for schools and institutions of secondary vocational education (SVE) will undergo mandatory verification from next year. The State Duma adopted the corresponding amendments to the law “On Education in the Russian Federation” in the third reading on Wednesday, December 8. From the approved services, the Ministry of Education will form a unified federal register, follows from the text of the document. From September 1, 2022, only platforms included in this register can be used to implement state-accredited educational programs.

Another change, which will enter into force on January 1, 2023, will affect the processing of personal data of schoolchildren and college students in the process of e-learning. For the processing of personal data, it is planned to use the state information system (GIS) “My School”, said Olga Kazakova, Chair of the Education Committee. Last year, it became known that the Ministry of Education is going to launch the platform by 2024. The system will become unified for all educational institutions in the country, it will integrate, for example, an electronic diary, a magazine, a schedule, a content library where online courses can be uploaded.

The content of EdTech companies that want to get into the register of educational online services will be analyzed by the Ministry of Education, follows from the document. In addition, the data processing of their students is planned to be carried out through the state system “My School”.

The country already has regulation at the level of printed textbooks, so the introduction of state control over school education in the digital environment is natural, says Mikhail Myagkov, General Director of Maximum Education, of an online service that specializes in additional education for schoolchildren and preparation for the Unified State Exam and OGE. At the same time, Myagkov is not sure of the effectiveness of the legislative changes, because the state faces a difficult task – to build a new system with a million audience. “The question is not so much about technology as about not creating a ‘graveyard of content’ that no one uses,” he says.

«Vedomosti»Sent inquiries to online schools «», Skysmart, Foxford, and Yaklass.

In 2020, the issue of online education for schoolchildren has become more relevant due to the pandemic. In September, Vladimir Putin instructed, starting from 2023, to completely transfer distance learning of schools and colleges to state resources. In Russia, the federal project “Digital Educational Environment” is already being implemented within the framework of the national project “Education”. One of its main directions is the development of digital services and content for educational activities. By the end of July 2021, the project costs amounted to 73.4 billion rubles, follows from the data of the Ministry of Education of Russia.

At the end of 2020, the size of the EdTech market amounted to 53-54 billion rubles, follows from the annual research of the Smart Ranking company. In 2020, the segment of school and children’s additional education accounted for 23.9% of the market, that is, about 12.9 billion rubles. The leaders in the segment were SkyEng services with its children’s direction Skysmart (revenue, according to experts’ calculations, amounted to 4.1 billion rubles), Netology-Group (2.1 billion rubles), which includes the Foxford ”,“ Education ”(1 billion rubles),“ ”(522 million rubles) and“ YaKlass ”(460 million rubles).

In March 2021, Digital Education, a joint venture between VK and Rostelecom, launched Spherum, a platform for teaching and communication for schoolchildren, which provides digital infrastructure for schools and integration with government information systems. VK also owns stakes in a number of EdTech companies – «», Geekbrains, Skillbox и др.