Education Minister participated in August meeting in Kostanay region

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ASTANA. August 17. KAZINFORM Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Zhumagulov took part in the August session of the pedagogical councils of Kostanay region and visited a number of education facilities of the region today, according to PM.kz.

Opening the session, Bakytzhan Zhumagulov specified the goals in the education sphere set by the President in his article "Social Modernization of Kazakhstan: 20 Steps toward Society of Universal Labor".

He also noted that a special emphasis in the article was placed on reaching a new quality level of education at all levels.

Besides, B.Zhumagulov informed about the main results of education development for the recent years.

Pre-school education development program "Balapan" helped to increase the number of kindergartens and mini centers by 3.5 thousand and embrace with pre-school education over 230 thousand more children.

"We complete implementation of "100 schools, 100 hospitals" program successfully. The last 106th school built within the program in Ilyinka village of Akmola region will open its doors for children on September 1. A new program of schools construction was launched this year due to transfer to 12-year schooling," the Minister added.

Electronic education system (e-learning) is actively introduced in schools since the last year. Over 600 schools will join this process this year. Corporate management with business participation and new standards are introduced in the vocational and technical education.

The main principles of the Bologna process were introduced in the higher education institutions. The transfer to three-level system "bachelor's program - master's program - PhD" has been conducted. An independent system of graduates proficiency testing is established. The Nazarbayev University which is a unique project of the international level aimed at synthesis of education, science and innovations is successfully developing.

All these innovations are aimed to improve the quality of Kazakhstani education and develop it to the level of the international standards.

In summary, the Minister defined the priority directions of the further development of the education system in Kostanay region.

"It is necessary to increase the number of kindergartens. Taking into consideration the regional potential, it is necessary to consider an opportunity to establish institutional kindergartens. Theissuesofsmallschoolsneedtobeaddressed. It is necessary to increase the embracement with vocational and technical education taking into consideration the market demands," the Minister emphasized.

Besides, B.Zhumagulov visited a number of education facilities of the region. Thus, he inspected the classrooms and practice classes of the college of road transport. He also took part in a session of the Club of young teachers in the school No 10 and familiarized with the activities of the school's sports club.

The Minister was presented information and educational center "Bilim Ortalygy" in the A. Baitursynov Kostanay State University. B.Zhumagulov held a meeting with the members of the board of trustees and the faculty of the university there as well.

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