“Competence of a Nation” depends on Education

The following thoughts on Education were written by a woman from the Zhambul area, she is about my age.  Consequently, she has witnessed different forms of educating the young people of Kazakhstan over the years, before the fall of the Soviet Union and afterwards. I’m not sure what her sources were, but she has some compelling quotes from the President of this nation concerning education.  Seems to be uppermost in all of our minds these days…

“According to statistics, 1,800,000 school children in Kazakhstan are mastering the English language.  14,500 school teachers are available but they don’t know the requirements of modern life as teachers.  The Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan has asked the government to allocate more funds for attracting foreign specialists to teach English. “Accordingly, my country needs suitable professionals who use the best methods in teaching English, at the same time who are ready for constant changes of the contemporary life.”

“Educational system reforms of my country are setting new tasks before the universities, realization of which is impossible without the most competitive, innovative, qualified instructors who are able to improve study process and who can be in step with the times.”

“In his Message” our President highlights on the role of educational policy for implementing ambitious tasks.  Joining the most competitive fifty countries of the world will be carried out due to human capital which is in the first place created in the sphere of education and bringing up young generation. New educational reforms need administrative employees who are good at leading, managing and regulating courses of educational changes and who are always in great demand as specialists.”

Every teacher in Kazakhstan understands why our President focuses a lot on “contemporary education” with the help of which Kazakhstani specialists will be demanded in the world market.  The question is – how to achieve it? Are our universities ready for training such kind of specialists? Unfortunately, not all of them have the necessary material and technical, financial and intellectual resources to meet the world standards.”

“In Kazkahstan, credit technology system hasn’t been fully launched at universities except several ones, that’s why we face difficulties…we’re short of good management and curriculum development. On the other hand, our President set a huge task before the Kazakhstani people – every citizen must know three languages including English, there should be fast, easy and assessable ways of teaching for different ages…

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    yuliya said,

    These are still only the slogans. Since you left us, nothing has changed. We are discussing the Professional Development document where the prase “the Ministry of Education” is considered as the main. The Ministry that must follow the President’s recommendation first is lagging behind the new methods of teaching. They do nothing or very little to the high schools (secondary education), and are hiding behind the slogans and the beurocracy (reports, week-by-week lesson plans etc.)

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    Батырхан said,

    ‘they DO have stories, just not in the written form!!!’

    Wrong. A nasty stereotype that even many a Kazakh were led to believe… The problem is, and I mean a major problem, that the modern-day historians are either half-professional or not interested in researching the real history that IS available for those willing to dig deep enough.

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    kazaknomad said,

    Not sure where you took this quote from this blog entry “they DO have stories, just not in the written form.” I have collected about 200 stories about grandparents and grand grandparents from my KZ students over the course of teaching writing the last 3 1/2 years. It was not easy to collect because there were Kazakhs in administration at my university that did not want me asking too many questions. If a modern-day, HONEST historian were to go to KZ to find out more, they would have to go to the rural areas and listen to Kazakh and understand it or go through the laborious effort of getting a good translator.

    Digging deep into the history of Kazakh is something I would LOVE to do because I think it is a very rich nation that the rest of the world needs to learn from. However, even some of the Kazakh people themselves do not want anyone to turn up stories because some are guilty of the atrocities of the Soviet people done to their own.

    Please explain what you mean by a “Nasty stereotype that even many a Kazakh were led to believe…”

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    batirkhan said,

    Sorry, got your posts mixed up when commenting. My above comment belongs to this entry:


    You’re right, my bad, I was talking about Kazakhstan history in general, but you were talking about the time of Stalin’s rule. I don’t know why I suddenly decided to talk in a much broader context…

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