Kazakh PM instructs government to intensify preparations for new school year
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin instructed the government to speed up the preparations for the new academic year. For these purposes, it is necessary to organize a nationwide parent-teacher meeting before August 20, he said. It should be held online and provide detailed information about the upcoming educational process.
“Less than a month left before the start of the school year and preparations must be significantly intensified. It is important to finalize the entire teaching methodology and to carry out extensive explanatory work among children, parents and teachers,” Mamin said.
“All paper versions of textbooks must be accompanied by their electronic formats that are publicly available. Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry, together with mayor’s and governor’s offices, and internet providers, have to ensure the availability and sustainability of educational resources, as well as the quality and speed of the Internet,” Mamin added.
Meantime, as Kazakh Minister of Education and Science Askhat Aimagambetov stated at the government meeting, more than 20,000 teachers in Kazakhstan do not have computers or access to the Internet, so this issue will be resolved by giving school computers for temporary use.
“Since the beginning of the year, local executive bodies have been actively working on purchasing computer equipment for schools. In total, 185,000 students do not have computers. It is the shortage of computers that we observe, especially in large and low-income families. Thus, by September 1, 500,000 children will be provided with computer equipment. 24,000 teachers do not have personal computers and 2,000 teachers do not have access to the Internet. This will be addressed by transferring school computers for temporary use,” Aimagambetov said.