New High School Opens to Ease Overcrowding in Aktobe Region

A new high school opened on Dec. 9 in the 12th district of Aktobe is expected to address three-shift education in the region and allow students from overcrowded classes in schools number 43 and 51 to move to the new school.

preview-imageMinister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Aslan Sarinzhipov and regional Akim (Governor) Arkhimed Mukhambetov attended the opening.

Sarinzhipov said the region has been working to implement the directive of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to address the problem of schools in poor conditions and three-shift education and that 10 schools will be built in the next three years in Aktobe. This will eliminate the problem of emergency-condition schools and three-shift education in the region. The three-shift education refers to the situation when, because of overcrowding, students have to attend school not in two, but in three shifts, a practice considered abnormal and unhealthy.

Sarinzhipov also noted that the national government will pay for the construction of 20 kindergartens in the region over the next three years.

The new school in the 12th district is designed for 600 students and includes large classrooms for biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, technology and language studies. It also includes a greenhouse, biological and geographic research facilities, sports and physical training facilities, as well as a large library with a reading room, events hall and dining room. The school cost 785 million tenge (US $4.3 million) to build and was paid for out of the national budget.