ASTANA – The electronic journal system is being widely used in more than 4,000 schools nationwide, said Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev at an Oct. 3 government meeting.
“There are plans to ban the printable teacher grade books in those institutions that introduced electronic journals. Our goal is to prevent duplication and significantly reduce paperwork,” he said.
The education system concept includes three main directions – educational process digitalisation, digital educational content and education management digitalisation.
The unified system of higher education management integrates institution’s information systems and allows observing up-to-date data on the status of each student. Applications for all types of science fellowships, receiving reports, registering articles and the electronic address database are also digitised.
Approximately 80,000 films and interactive lessons in three languages improving teaching and learning have been introduced in schools as part of the digital educational content. This year, 7,082 schools received access to these resources, which are available in online and offline mode. Teachers are able to use video materials to explain new courses, eliminating the need to look for additional lesson resources.
Big data centred on all educational databases will be created in terms of the unified management system.
“The ministry plans to integrate intradepartmental educational databases by the end of 2017 and integration of our data with databases of government agencies is planned in 2018,” said Sagadiyev.
Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev spoke about the ministry’s tasks to introduce digital education in info-communication.
“The Digital Kazakhstan state programme developed by the ministry also includes human capital development. The programme intends to build a creative society by developing the skills and competencies of the individuals necessary to expand opportunities to take advantage of digitalisation to train specialists in the field of information and communication technologies for the economy,” he noted.
The Ministry of Education and Science implements eight economic sector programmes for specialists in information and communication technology. The direction will provide opportunities to establish contacts between the education system and employers and strengthen the role of educational institutions to boost economic growth.
The two governmental bodies are collaborating to transfer the Ministry of Education and Science’s information systems to virtual servers, said Abayev.
Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev set the task of developing a plan in cooperation with the akims (local governors) to connect regional schools to high-speed Internet.