President points out need in unified online educational platform
There is an urgent need to develop a unified online educational platform with all the features required for a full-fledged educational process. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about this in his state-of-the-nation address. Most students in Kazakhstan started the new school year in distance learning mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are currently eight online learning platforms in Kazakhstan. Schoolchildren in Nur-Sultan use BilimLand and Daryn.online. In addition, teachers use Teams and Zoom, and they also use WhatsApp for work purposes, Kazakh Minister of Education and Science Askhat Aimagambetov said.
“It is known that the Head of State instructed to increase the possibilities of distance learning platforms in secondary education. We started the standardization work so all of them meet uniform requirements. We are going to continue the work and will implement it at the proper level,” Aimagambetov said.
President Tokayev’s state-of-the-nation address set the task to ensure by 2025 a 100-percent coverage of preschool education for children under the age of six. Aimagambetov explained what is necessary to achieve this.
“Firstly, we will achieve this by increasing the share of private kindergartens through public procurement. Within a short period of time, the changes in the development of the private sector have taken place. Interest coverage ratio has increased. We will continue to work in this direction and solve the problem with kindergartens,” Aimagambetov said.
He added that another feature would be the voucher financing mechanism.
“What is a voucher mechanism? Unlike the current system, the state procurement order will no longer be distributed by education departments or offices. Instead, the parents of the children going to kindergarten will be choosing the pre-school organization themselves. Of course, the quality of the services provided must also increase due to such competition. This is therefore a very important task,” Aimagambetov said.
It is also planned to open national crafts centers in order to increase the creative potential of children and adolescents in the regions of Kazakhstan.