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    Session has begun here of the USSR Supreme Soviet. Taking part in it are Leonid?

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    Session has begun here of the USSR Supreme Soviet. Taking part in it are Leonid Brezhnev, Nikolai Podgorny, Alexei Kosygin and other Soviet leaders.

    On the first day of its work the session considered a draft of a bill on national education.

    The main speaker on this matter was Kiril Mazurov, first deputy of the USSR Council of Ministers Chairman and the Central Committee of the CPSU Political Bureau member. He underscored the fact than the USSR had long since became a country of total literacy. Today 72 per cent of all employees in national economy have a higher or high school education. All, over the country there are 7,700,000 higher school graduates. Nevertheless, the speaker said, the progress in science and technology calls for further raising of cultural and educational level of the society as a whole Towards this goal the change over to universal higher school training for the young is being completed, training of specialists and highly skilled workers is witnessing a considerable increase. The tabled draft also calls for a perfected system of education.

    The draft reaffirms the main principles of the Soviet educational system, and primarily, the one that guaranties equal rights of all members of our society to education irrespective of their race, nationality, sex, religious creed, property of social status. All instruction is free. Instruction is in mother tongue. Create importance is attached to educate the younger generation appreciative of high morals and beauty.

    In conclusion Kiril Mazurov expressed certainty that measures towards further development of education shall contribute to creation in the USSR of the most enlightened, organised and industrious society in human history -- a communist society.

    The session shall continue for three days.

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