President • 09 April, 2018

Kazakh President meets with Minister of Education and Science, Yerlan Sagadiyev

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During the meeting, the Head of State was presented a report on the implementation of the State Program for the Development of Education and Science for 2016-2019. This was reported by the press service of Akorda.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the special role of the education system in the implementation of political, economic and social reforms in the country.

"In all the program documents we are implementing, including this year's Address to the people of Kazakhstan “New Opportunities Under the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and Ruhani Zhangyru, as well as during the unfolding digitalization, a key role is assigned to education. The guarantee of successful implementation of all these initiatives is quality education," said the President of Kazakhstan.

The Head of State stressed the timeliness of the reforms implemented in the country's education system and separately focused on the process of transition to the teaching of certain subjects in English.

"Education in English will take place in the upper grades. Not having trained children in English now, in the future we will not be able to provide full-fledged training. This is a requirement of the time that parents should understand. At the same time, we should not forget about studying the Kazakh language," Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

During the meeting, the Minister of Education and Science presented information on the progress of the tasks assigned to the Ministry within the framework of state and sectoral programs.

Yerlan Sagadiyev reported on the interim results of the work on improving the system of pre-school education.

"In 2018, the coverage of children with preschool education will be 95 percent. Basically, this was achieved through the construction of private kindergartens. Since 2019, unified standards for early development will be introduced. It is also worth noting that now it is possible to stand in line for kindergarten using the capabilities of mobile devices," the Minister of Education and Science said.

In addition, Y. Sagadiyev informed the President of Kazakhstan about the results of the transition of schools to updated content based on the experience of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools.

The Minister of Education and Science also provided information on the progress of training of teachers for specific subjects in English.

"In 2016, only 2 thousand teachers taught in English. Last year, 11.5 thousand people filed applications for relevant courses, about 3 thousand of them completed the course and began to teach. 8 thousand have continued their education and are moving to the required level. Thus, in 2019, 13.5 thousand school teachers will begin to teach four subjects in English," Y. Sagadiyev said.

At the end of the meeting, the Head of State gave a number of specific instructions.

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