Education Ministry: The order of the Head of State regarding the allocation of grants has been executed in full
Today at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, as part of the consideration of the progress of implementation of the Five Social Initiatives, Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev reported on the ongoing work on improving the accessibility and quality of higher education, as well as improving the living conditions of students.
According to the Minister, in 2018 the number of grants has been increased by 20 thousand. The total number of grants allocated annually in the country reached 69 thousand: 53 thousand students are studying for undergraduate studies, 13 thousand – for master’s programs, over 2 thousand – for PhD programs.
Y. Sagadiyev noted that 50% of all grantees are trained in technical specialties (34 thousand). Among them are such relevant to the labor market areas as information and communication technologies, cyber security, radio engineering and electronics. 5 thousand grants are provided for rural youth under the Serp?n program. About 20% of grants are aimed at training teachers, including those with enhanced linguistic competence.
In all universities, the cost of grants in technical and agricultural specialties became equal to the cost of grants in national universities and reached 635 thousand tenge. Thus, according to the Minister of Education and Science, the task of the Head of State on the allocation of grants and the increase in value has been fully executed.
A number of additional measures are being taken to ensure accessibility of higher education.
First, the UNT is held 4 times a year. The first test was conducted in January 2019. More than 35 thousand school graduates took part in it. They were given the opportunity in February to enroll in a university for training on a fee basis.
Secondly, according to the adopted changes in the Law On Education, a new model of admission to Graduate courses is being introduced in the same vein as undergraduate education. The granting of an educational grant will be made on the basis of the results of comprehensive testing with the provision of the possibility of choosing a university for training to applicants themselves.
Y. Sagadiyev also reported that the Ministry is continuing work on the introduction of new places in the dormitories. In 2019, it is planned to commission 5000 places.
To date, in 3.5 months, we received 20 applications for 11 144 beds. We have concluded 12 contracts for 6556 beds. Most of them are already under construction. In addition to this, by the end of this month, we plan to conclude 8 more contracts for 4588 beds. These are facilities that will be commissioned next year, � Y. Sagadiyev said.
The Minister of Education and Science noted that from the moment of the project implementation, educational organizations at their own expense and without using the state order mechanism introduced 10 facilities for 2780 beds.
In general, there are all conditions for commissioning 75 thousand new beds by the end of 2022. In particular, 170 land plots have been defined, 121 of which belong to educational organizations, 49 plots are allocated by Akimats. 27 organizations have developed design estimates documentation (DED), 62 are developing. A bank of already developed and standard design and estimate documentation has been created, which can be used by new project participants.
For 107 projects, sources of financing were identified: 50 – at their own expense, 57 – with the involvement of investors. The issue of involving the private sector in the mechanism is the most pressing and requires additional incentive measures. In particular, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan proposes subsidizing the interest rates of developers as part of extending the implementation of the Business Roadmap until 2025. At the same time, on the part of local executive bodies it is important to speed up the work on the allocation of land plots.
In general, the implementation of the Third Initiative of the Head of State is ongoing within the framework of the planned deadlines, is under constant monitoring and will be continued, – Y. Sagadiyev concluded.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan