Kazakhstan continues educational reforms as a national priority
NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government presented its strategic plan for upcoming education reforms. The aim is to improve the quality of education in the regions and to train highly qualified teachers and academics.
In addition, an ambitious task has been set for the country’s scientific community: at least three Kazakh universities are expected to enter the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by 2025. Yet this is only a small part of the planned reforms. in the national development plan. until 2025.
Some time ago, Kazakhstan started to adopt major educational reforms.
“A school infrastructure meeting modern standards of equipment and ergonomics is the key condition for a decent education. Schools need classrooms that are well equipped and small in terms of the number of students. It is important to accomplish the task of infrastructure development not only at the expense of the state, but we must also attract public-private partnerships. Otherwise, given our positive demographic dynamics, we will always be left behind, ”President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the third meeting of the National Council of Public Trust in May 2020.
Tokayev stressed the importance of providing students with a high quality education that will become beneficial for the future of the country.
The Head of State announced several initiatives on February 25 during the fifth meeting of the National Council of Public Trust. Tokayev called on the government to provide all schools in the country with free internet access.
In addition, the president urged his officials to increase scholarships at medical institutions to deal with the shortage of medical personnel in the country.
“We are increasing the salaries of doctors and teachers. Previously, we allocated more scholarships to education students. This step has given positive results. Therefore, it is also necessary to increase scholarships for medical students, ”said the president.
Quality education as a national priority
Other innovations in education are also prescribed in the recently approved National Development Plan until 2025. This major document was drawn up on behalf of President Tokayev by the Ministry of National Economy in collaboration with the Agency. for strategic planning and reforms. It is a roadmap of cardinal state and sector reforms, aimed at building an efficient state and a just society that guarantees the improvement of the quality of life and the well-being of Kazakh citizens.
“Decent education is a national priority,” the document reads. The priority involves “the development of human capital to implement the new course of modernization of the country”.
Kazakh officials have set themselves the goal of reducing the gap in the quality of education between large cities and regions by providing educational institutions with the latest equipment and professional staff.
Preschool education is under special supervision. Kindergartens will accept all children, especially those whose parents belong to socially vulnerable groups. In addition to kindergartens, Kazakhstan will develop the institution of home educators (“social nanny”). All educational institutions will create the conditions for inclusive education.
To support socially vulnerable groups and young people from low-income families, students will be able to obtain concessional loans to pay for their higher education.
By 2025, Kazakhstan is expected to open 800 new schools with sports and children’s clubs. All buildings will be equipped with computers with free internet access. Digital continuing education institutes will be created to implement integrated higher, postgraduate and complementary education programs.
The National Plan provides for a specific approach for the training of qualified teachers and scientists. Young scientists will have the opportunity to carry out internships in the main scientific centers of the world and to obtain grants to finance research. In the coming years, Kazakhstan plans to allocate 500 scholarships to scientists for internships abroad and to award 1,000 additional scholarships to young scientists.