President Tokayev addresses National Congress of Teachers

President Tokayev addresses National Congress of Teachers

Fundamentally new approaches and modern technologies would quickly and effectively modernize the education system, which should be aligned with the best international standards, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during the opening of the National Congress of Teachers in Astana. The Head of State extended congratulations to the congress participants on the Teacher’s Day, highlighting the event’s significance and calling a teacher as the nexus in the process of shaping the nation’s new quality. In this regard, it is important to train qualified professionals, he stated.

“Over the past three years, about 220 teachers have been trained abroad under the Bolashak Scholarship Program. The criteria for students pursuing teaching specialties have become more stringent, whereas their bursaries increased by 2.5 times. In a word, the training of highly qualified teachers remains a priority,” he noted.

In his speech, President Tokayev touched upon school safety issues, digital solutions development, and the involvement of entrepreneurs in building new educational institutions. According to the Head of State, along with quality education, it is also necessary to focus on moral education of students. He placed an emphasis on rural education, noting that schools in villages should evolve into intellectual and social hubs. President Tokayev instructed the provision of essential equipment for at least 1,000 of these schools within the next three years.

“Kazakhstan is implementing the Comfortable School project under my initiative. In the next two years, hundreds of educational institutions will be built across the country, including rural areas. This will allow to get rid of three-shift education forever,” he emphasized.

During the meeting, teachers representing educational facilities in Astana and several regions of the country made proposals on the education advancement. In conclusion, the Head of State bestowed the “Honored Teacher” title upon a number of educators for their outstanding achievements in education and significant contribution to Kazakhstan’s progress.