ASTANA – Kazakhstan will unveil 36 schools next year, Kazakh Vice Minister of Education and Science Bibigul Assylova announced at a Sept. 11 Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) meeting. The meeting addressed the elimination of three-shift education, schools in disrepair and overcrowding at preschools.
“Twelve schools in disrepair will be substituted by new schools. In 2018, 36 schools will be opened, and the construction of all those schools began this year,” said Assylova.
“In 2015 and 2016, 35 schools were opened in the country, which enabled elimination of three-shift education in 27 schools and disrepair in five schools,” added the official.
Assylova also noted that the amount of the funds from the National Fund allocated to resolve the problem of three-shift education was 72 billion tenge (US$212.8 million) this year and 112 schools, including 56 new ones, are under construction.
The plan of the akimats (regional and city administrations) envisions 76 schools to be put into operation by the end of the year, including 52 schools that have been commissioned as of Sept. 1.
“Three-shift education was eliminated in 42 schools in seven regions and nine schools in disrepair were substituted in five regions,” added Assylova.
Space will be created for approximately 45,000 additional students, said the vice minister, which will enable the elimination of the three-shift education in 63 schools.
Earlier, in his annual state-of-the-nation address, President Nursultan Nazarbayev set three tasks in the sphere of education until 2020 – eliminating three-shift education, addressing schools in disrepair and providing children aged 3-6 years with kindergartens.