Kazakhstan marks Knowledge Day differently
Kazakhstan marked the Knowledge Day very differently this year. For the first time, September 1 was held without any traditional school assemblies. The educational institutions are open only for students of the “duty classes” due to the epidemiological situation. Specially for them, teachers held homerooms in schools. For those who study by distance learning, they held homerooms online. On this day, parents of the first-grade school students were particularly concerned.
“Of course, we are very excited, because the knowledge gained in elementary school is the foundation for the future. After all, my child will be educated as good as it is. The main subjects will be taught at school, the rest we will study at home on our own. Because of this, of course, some difficulties can arise. Nevertheless, we hope that we will be able to overcome everything by keeping in touch with teachers,” said Dana Zhambylovna, a resident of Nur-Sultan.
“This academic year, school students will meet via smartphones and gadgets. Children, who have not seen each other for three months, today congratulated each other on the beginning of school. It will be very difficult for the first-graders and, especially, for their parents, who have to teach their kids who cannot read and write to use new programs. I want everyone to get rid of the coronavirus as soon as possible and to come back to the traditional format of education,” opined Zhanna Yefremova.
Preparation for the current non-traditional beginning of the academic year has been carried out all summer. Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science reported that 350,000 teachers in the country passed the courses on distance learning.
“Kazakh Ministry of Education prepared two courses. In addition, we attended other courses and received several certifications. During the summer holidays, 40-hour courses organized by the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools took place for teachers. They showed in detail how to conduct distance learning. There are two main areas of distance learning for children. The first option is via the Internet. Online learning will be conducted on eight Internet platforms. The second option is on TV. “El Arna” and “Balapan” channels are ready to broadcast TV lessons again”, noted teacher of Kazakh language and literature Yerkegul Zhuparkhan.
This year, 3.3 million students will study at schools in Kazakhstan, including 380,000 first graders. 2.6 million or 80 percent of children will study by distance learning. Parents of 530,000 children or 15 percent of elementary school students applied for learning in the duty groups and 5 percent are small schools with 202,000 children.