Astana vocational schools introduce electronic admissions

ASTANA – Astana Education Administration Head Anuar Zhangozin announced during a recent press conference at the Central Communications Service that students are now able to submit documents electronically for admission to the city’s vocational schools.

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“Since Aug. 1 of the current year, submission of documents is accessible in an electronic form. The service is available on the portal. The number of applications submitted currently through the portal is 1,508. The admission will last till Aug. 25,” said Zhangozin.

Zhangozin noted the vocational schools in Astana offer technical and professional education free of charge. The Astana Akimat (city administration) supports state education in 24 organisations of technical and vocational education.

In addition, 1,050 slots are available for free education by Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) training as part of the 2017-2021 Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Programme, added Zhangozin.

The capital’s 35 vocational schools offer educational services of technical and vocational education covering 26,000 students.

The classes at the vocational schools start Sept. 1 as do other schools. This year the trainings will include 74 majors and 125 disciplines.

Zhangozin also said out-of-town students will be placed in 16 existing dormitories and hostels. The average cost per student will be approximately 5,000 tenge (US$13.9) per month.

Kazakhstan’s education system allows students to choose between high school and vocational school after middle school. Vocational school education provides both academic general education and advanced vocational education. Programmes last for three to four years (grades 10-12, 13). Graduates may go on to university or may begin working.

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