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Belarusian education system to be seriously analysed

By Mikhail Svetlov

Belarusian education system to be seriously analysed

The Head of State gave an instruction to prepare a special session to discuss in detail the key issues of the education field, analyse its current state and to determine a development strategy for the nearest future.

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Students of Vitebsk State University during studies


“We’ll scrutinise the education system very seriously. We’ve done it with the agricultural sector, construction, housing and public utilities industry. It’s necessary to look into the education system, taking into consideration our experience: what we achieved and what we failed, what has to be done and improved,” noted the President, while accepting with the report, Education Minister Sergei Maskevich and First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Alexander Radkov.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lukashenko emphasised that Belarus has a normal system of education. It only needs improvement, and not drastic reform. “We do not need more reforms. Nevertheless, life goes on, new processes and trends emerge, and the education system cannot stand still. In one way or another, it has to be improved,” said the Head of State.

Mr. Lukashenko wanted to know about the results of this year’s enrolment campaign in Belarus and the analysis of the application of centralised testing. The Head of State instructed the study of this issue once again, especially to analyse testing materials, their relevance and quality.

Another issue on the agenda was the preparation of educational establishments for the new academic year. Mr. Maskevich told the President about the fulfilment of instructions concerning the development of the education sector. In particular, specialists prepared amendments to the Education Code after monitoring of the application of this legal framework. These changes will be submitted for public consideration within a year.

According to the minister, it’s also essential to optimise secondary education facilities in connection with the development of the demographic situation. On the one hand, the number of school pupils is increasing. On the other hand, it’s partially caused by migration processes and a reduction in the number of pupils in rural schools. The ministry has stepped up efforts to resolve personnel issues in pre-school education facilities, something especially important for Minsk and regional centres.
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