First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX.
Printed from the typewritten text signed by V. I. Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 482.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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April 8, 1921
Comrades Lunacharsky, Pokrovsky and Litkens
Signs are increasing that, as regards systematic and planned work, affairs in the People’s Commissariat of Education are not improving, in spite of the directives of the Central Committee and the special instructions of the Central Committee when the People’s Commissariat of Education was being reorganised.
When will the main plan of work be drawn up? What questions will be included in this plan? Such questions as the writing of textbooks—the library network and its use—model schools—accountability of the teachers— programmes for training courses, lectures, classes in schools—supervision over the degree of effective fulfilment of programmes and the progress of class studies?
Or other questions? Which?
What questions have been recognised as most important and urgent?
Are there decisions on this subject? What measures are being taken for systematic supervision of their fulfilment?
I request a brief reply.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin refers to the decision “On the Hydraulic Method of Extracting Peat”, passed by the Council of People’s Commissars on October 30, 1920.