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100% of children from ages 3 to 6 are planned to be provided with pre-school education before 2020

by March 9, 2017 General

Pre-school education and upbringing are paid special attention within the Education State Program for 2016-2019. The goal is to within 4 years provide 100% of children from ages 3 to 6 with pre-school education. The Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev reported on what is being done in this regard at a Government press conference.

According to him, the Ministry is actively developing PPPs in order to open new kindergartens. 825 preschool institutions with 77 thousand seats were opened in 2016. Of them � 600 are private kindergartens. Due to this, the provision of children from ages 3 to 6 with kindergartens grew by 2% and is 85%. The Ministry plans to continue involving business initiatives in this process.

In addition, the Minister noted the necessity to sort out the kindergarten queue system and remove conditions for corruption.

Queuing is automatic, but seats distribution is done manually by regional departments of education. This brings certain difficulties and discontent of citizens, � Y. Sagadiyev said.

In connection to this the Ministry plans to unify all city queues into one national queue. With that the system of distributing children to kindergartens will be automated. Today, the Akimats of Astana, Almaty, Karaganda, and Kostanay developed their own subprograms, which were analyzed by the Ministry. The best of them will be distributed throughout the Republic.

This is not an easy task, but is fairly feasible to implement in half a year to a year. Then all will be transparent and fair for us, � the Minister said.

To improve the quality of staff, a single training program for kindergarten teachers was created. It should be noted that since 2016, there is a unified program for the preparation of preschool children. Therefore, the Government needs competent and trained educators. The Minister said that the training of kindergarten educators will possibly be included into the state order general program.

Y. Sagadiyev noted that today there is a necessity to adopt new sanitary norms in preschool institutions. According to him, new Sanitary Regulations and Norms are ready, were discussed and were approved by numerous experts. By the end of March, new regulations and norms will be adopted.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan