Dictated: Dictated by phone on February 6, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 461c-462a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The papers say that an emergency conference of heads of gubernia and regional public education departments has been set for 20/III. I think that the following circular telegram, signed by you and me, should be issued:
“Every gubernia and regional department of public education is hereby bound to send in with their delegate or by mail for the conference precise and detailed information about outstanding local public educators of gubernia departments. This should include the delegates to the conference. Information about each should contain his detailed record before the revolution and since, and a reference from local gubernia executive committees and local Gubernia Party Committees. The number of workers to be covered by such information—at least 2 Party and 2 non-Party men for each gubernia.
“Non-fulfilment or improper fulfilment of this proposal shall entail responsibility in Party and Soviet government procedures.”
In addition to this telegram, I propose the demand that Comrade Litkens should also submit reports on at least 10 workers of the People’s Commissariat for Public Education among those who have been most outstanding at the centre in the last few years or months.
I consider all these reports to be absolutely necessary, because the People’s Commissariat for Education has been quite incapable of enlisting workers from the localities, whereas we must find candidates for it to renew the Collegium.