Kazakhstan to allocate over 2 trillion tenge for Comfortable School national project

Kazakhstan to allocate over 2 trillion tenge for Comfortable School national project

A total of 2.3 trillion tenge from the state budget is earmarked for the implementation of the Comfortable School national project, which will address pupil place shortages as well as eliminate dilapidated schools and three-shift education. At a government meeting, Kazakh Education Minister Gani Beisembayev outlined plans to build 369 new-format schools over the next two years, with 217 slated for completion this year. The schools will adhere to unified standards, with over 160 to be located in rural areas, and prioritize the use of domestically sourced construction materials and furniture. As for the protection and safety of children, certain measures will include digital video surveillance systems linked to Operational Control Centers, panic buttons, audible alerts, and automatic locking systems. The implementation will involve targeted construction by the Samruk-Kazyna Construction company, procurement of completed buildings by local authorities from investors, and engagement in public-private partnerships, including the formation of a special consortium comprising private investors and leading educational institutions. Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov noted that the process will be under the government’s strict control.

“Schools should be centers of attraction for the younger generation, especially in small towns and villages. They should have sports and creative clubs, provide children with the opportunity to watch educational films, search for necessary information on the Internet, and study in the library. We must therefore make every effort to achieve the task set by the Head of State on building new-format schools in the shortest possible time. In this regard, all involved government agencies need to take specific actions,” he said.