ASTANA – For the new school year, four new schools will open in Astana,” Kassymkhan Sengaziyev, deputy head of the Department of Education told Kazinform news agency.
“All four schools are located on the left bank: two are in the Yessil district, two in the Almaty district. This will remove the overcrowding of schools and three-shift training. In this case, there are no emergency schools in Astana,” Sengaziyev said.
He also said that this year about 7,000 children from low-income families will receive support from sponsors in preparing for school. In the past year, 6,803 children received such aid, mostly first grade schoolchildren.
Sengazyev, during the Aug. 4 briefing on the 7th annual national campaign, “Road to school,” also reported that by the end of the year, eight new schools will be opened.
“By the end of the year, we plan to open eight schools overall [including four by Sept. 1]. We had planned to open a total of nine schools, but one school is already open now,” he said.
According to him, the facility which is scheduled to open on Sept. 1 is 100 percent ready. Others are nearing completion. Each school will be able to accommodate 1,200 students. “Schools are for 1,200 people. This is more than 8,000 seats only, when we need 23,000,” he concluded.
This year, according to preliminary data of the city’s Department of Education, 13,000 children will go to school.