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Education in Belarus must stay in sync with information technologies

About 1,000 participants gathered in Minsk on August 23 for a large-scale forum to jointly develop common decisions on the future of education.

Improving the quality of education at all levels - from kindergarten to university - is the main topic but not the only one. The President of Belarus will discuss the present and future of education with education workers on August 24, on the second day of the event. The meeting will take place in the 'open microphone' format. Invited to attend it are senior officials, heads of state administration, local authorities, and deputies.

Pan Yong, CEO of a telecommunications company:
The introduction of cloud technologies into the education system is of great importance. It will change our daily life. A unified information system will be created between schools, between teachers, between students. This will reduce costs, improve efficiency and quality of education.

The electronic cloud is an opportunity to gather a lot of useful information, exchange and analyze it. Of course, multimedia, interactive, information and communication systems will be actively introduced into Belarusian schools. Wi-Fi in educational institutions already allows significantly expanding the possibilities and make a transition to the "smart school" format in Belarus. On 23 August, each of these current trends were discussed.

Anna Alesenko, Deputy Head of the Professional Education Center of the Republican Institute of Vocational Education:
Of course, any pedagogical council, especially of such republican scale, is very important, because here we can exchange our experience, see the vision not only of the city of Minsk, but of all regions. We see the path of development of the whole system of not only vocational education, but also the education system in general.

Mikhail Kuish, director of the Brest State College of Communications:
For us, for professional education, the most important thing is that our graduates are in demand. Among other things that we would like to discuss is the study of the labor market, the development of our economy and the emergence of new professions.

Inna Gubar, Head of Education, Sports and Tourism Department of Kalinkovichi District Executive Committee:
What do I expect from the republican pedagogical conference? Of course, new ideas, new discoveries, positive and productive communication with colleagues.

How to increase the level of professional education? How to make blue collar occupations even more popular? Staff training needs to be tailored to the needs of the economy and technology of the future.

Andrei Sakovich, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the Belarusian State Technical University:
Within the framework of the university, in recent years we have been implementing the concept of a university of a new type - the university, which has a rather large innovative platform in addition to the educational and scientific platform. That is, we work a lot with the real sector of the economy.

The training of personnel was discussed at the pedagogical university. The system of continuous education has been functioning in Belarus for two years. Its essence lies in the fact that future teachers are prepared from school. High school students who have chosen teaching as a profession not only receive specialized knowledge, but also experience, communicating with younger students and pupils of kindergartens. This practice continues in the university too. The quality of education is growing.

Alexander Zhuk, rector of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank:
Today we are getting a completely new entrant. While a couple of years ago we had a shortage of teaching staff and there were schoolchildren with low passing grades, this year we have all points above 200, and in 5 specialties the passing grades were over 310.

In another 2 years, schools and educational institutions of the country will receive, as it seems to us, a qualitatively new teacher who is motivated for this profession, who loves children and who is ready to work, including in the modern information and educational environment.

The education system should not be conservative. Proposals for its improvement are made by the participants of the pedagogical council, experts and officials. One of the innovations that the education ministry of Belarus is working on is independent evaluation.

Vadim Bogush, First Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus:
We are discussing the formation of an independent evaluation of the quality of education, this topic is very urgent and many teachers have a positive opinion about it. We do not propose the introduction of an additional institution. We must understand that this is simply the improvement of what we have. A number of final examinations will take a different form. What form? Well, this is what sectional meetings will discuss.

The proposals developed on August 23 will be discussed on August 24 at the plenary session. The main task of the teachers' council is to determine the direction in which the Belarusian education will move in the near future and to outline the concept of development until 2030. One of the vital decisions to be taken in these 2 days is the transition to universal secondary education. Today's forum will be attended by the head of state, Alexander Lukashenko.

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