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What changed in the Belarusian school system in 2017?

Homework for Belarusian second graders will take a little over an hour, while 9-11 form students should not sit on textbooks for more than 3 hours. Such requirements were voiced by the Ministry of Education.

The education system in Belarus continues to improve.

The education system, like no other, should look only to the future. The large-scale 'reboot' began from lower grades, reached the middle grades and will end with 9-11 grades. The reform will complete by 2019.

Irina Garibyan, physics teacher:
Homework is no more that boring, it now has experimental and research nature. The child does not have to come home and sit down to solve tasks. They can do this on the way home, thinking. Or being in the kitchen. The new textbook is written in the way that one section fits on one page.

In 2017, one more innovation will be introduced. The start time for classes is now determined by schools themselves. There are recommendations for the first shift: from 08:00 to 09:00. The second shift should begin no later than 14:00 and finish at most by 19:30.

Taisiya Khomenko, teacher and psychologist:
According to my observations, we can say that the first lesson in school is the quietest. The second, third and fourth are the most active and productive. The number of higher scores during these lessons increases significantly in comparison with the first lesson. My opinion is that shifting classes to a later time will have a positive impact on children in the first place.

Natalia Danchenko, deputy director of secondary school No215, Minsk:
I am an adherent of tests. First, our students have long been working to prepare for Centralized Testing, which means that some experience has been developed. They are more practically oriented. On the other hand, there is excessive excitement during exams. When students sit and just work directly with tests, they can concentrate and show their best result.

By the way, the issue of 5-point and 10-point grading system is another contentious point. The 10-point system is already more familiar to the majority of teachers and to change it would be difficult.

Antonina Voropaeva:
We when received 2, it was bad (when the best grade was 5 - note by When the 10-point system was introduced, its principle was to allow every child to have grades that they deserve. For example, he got a '2' for chemistry, but this does not mean that he is a bad person or a bad student. He, perhaps, has a 9-10 in literature. I think that the 10-point system must remain.

Svetlana Gritsyuta, director of secondary school No. 215 in Minsk:
The 5-point system is poor in that there were unsatisfactory grades 1 and 2. They that did not even allow the student to move into the next grade. The 10-point system is more flexible.

The education system is changing in accordance with the requirements of the time. Transition to universal secondary education is now a pressing matter.

Irina Karzhova, deputy head of general secondary education department of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus:
Transition to general secondary education will increase the general level of education of the population of the Republic of Belarus and make the graduate of the school more competitive. Agree, even in terms of age, a graduate of the 11th grade is more competitive than a graduate of the 9th grade.

What changed in the Belarusian school system in 2017?