Education • 07 August, 2018

There can’t be any entrance examinations for admission to zero grades — Aimagambetov

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The school administration should not require additional documents from the parents, except those specified in the regulations on the provision of public services. Vice Minister of Education and Science Askhat Aimagambetov told this August 7 at the press conference following the meeting of the Government.

"There can be no entrance examinations for admission to zero classes. If a child is five years old and wants to study, there should not be any obstacles for that," Aimagambetov said.

The vice minister stressed that now the actual issue when enrolling in zero classes is the package provided by the document, when in some cases it is illegally asked to provide references from the parents' place of work.

"Inquiries from work that unreasonably require a school are illegal. There is a certain standard, which clearly indicates what documents are needed, and there are no certificates from the place of work," the representative of the Ministry of Education and Science explained.

Also answering journalists' questions, the vice minister stressed that the ministry approved new model rules for admission of students to schools.

"Today, certain schools are still overloaded. In Kazakhstan, 118 schools teach children in three shifts. Especially acute is the issue of admission of children to the capital's schools, where annually the number of first-graders is increased by 15,000 children," he said.

At the same time, Aimagambetov spoke about the possibility of reformatting the testing of school graduates. In his view, the unification of United National Testing and Complex Testing will be financially profitable.

"Until 2017, the UNT performed two functions at once: a final exam at school for obtaining a certificate and an examination for admission to a higher educational institution. Now when the UNT is divided into two parts, the child passes exams at school to obtain a certificate and hands in separately the Unified National Test. Complex testing has exactly the same function and is passed after two weeks and there is no need for it. This is a big expense for the state. In general, all the urgent issues, including the proposals for UNT, will be discussed at the August meeting of teachers. We will listen to the opinion of our colleagues and come to a consensus on certain controversial issues," Aimagambetov said.

Recall, August 7 at the meeting of the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev announced proposals from the pedagogical community and parents to improve the process of UNT and CT. Thus, the issues of UNT and CT unification, the exemption of school teachers from UNT, the abolition of testing in schools, the award of grants without language binding to the language of instruction are being considered.

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