School textbooks in Belarus to be revised

School textbooks in Belarus to be revised

Tasks for Centralized Testing in Belarus will be fully consistent with school curriculum already in 2017, said Alexander Lukashenko.

On May 26 the President visited school No61 in Minsk. Among those invited are 300 people, including the country's best students and teachers.

The school curriculum will be updated by the beginning of the new academic year. Textbooks will be developed in line with those updated curricula. One of them was shown to the President today: it boasts modern technologies. This is actually video coming alive with a smartphone.

The head of state stressed the need to correct not only textbooks but also their appearance.

Igor Karpenko, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
We won't be able to introduce all textbooks by the beginning of school year. We previously reported that this process goes until 2020. Let us analyze the contents of all textbooks and clearly define what to take from old textbooks and what should be omitted in accordance with the new curricula. We will then retrain teachers.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
It is necessary to choose where changes are vital and replace textbooks in those areas first. Then, after a while, replace other textbooks and give recommendations. You know that I see it all not only as the President. I face it every day, which is why I am concerned about this that much.

Igor Karpenko:
Mr Lukashenko, we know that you have a teacher diploma, that you know teaching methods.

Alexander Lukashenko:
And I read all your textbooks, even mathematics.

One of the most debated issues in recent years - the beginning of school day - has also been touched. The President thinks that one should first of all be guided by the interests of children, their health and ability to learn the material. If the child does not get enough sleep, it affects negatively his health and effectiveness of education.