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Education in Kazakhstan to be central element of new model of economic growth

by January 31, 2017 General

Five priorities are designed to ensure the economic growth.

“First of all, the role of the education system must be changed. Our task is to make education an element of a new model of the economic growth. Training programs should focus on the development of critical thinking skills and independent information retrieval skills”, N. Nazarbayev said.

According to the President, it is necessary to pay great attention to the formation of IT-knowledge, financial literacy and education of the youth of patriotism, as well as the gradual transition to a trilingual education.

“We need to reduce the gap in quality of education between urban and rural schools. Kazakh language will retain its dominant position. Much attention will be paid to its further development. Today, however, English is the language of new technologies, new industries, new economy. Currently, 90% of the world information is created in English. Every two years its volume is doubled. Without knowing of the English language Kazakhstan will not reach the national progress”, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The leader of the nation announced the start of the project “Free vocational education for all”. Also, according to the Head of State, along with the education system the health care system should be also changed.

So, for example, since July 1, 2018 the appointment of the basic pension will be based on the new methodology. Its size will depend on the length of participation in the pension system. All of these measures in 2018 will provide an increase of 1.8 times of the size of the new basic pension as compared to 2017 year.

The President also noted that since 1 January 2018 it’s necessary to raise the threshold for providing targeted social assistance from 40 to 50% of the subsistence minimum and implement its new format.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050