Pre-school ed­u­ca­tion be­ing mod­ern­ized

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Par­ents are of­ten to­tally be­wil­dered by the child's pre-school ed­u­ca­tion, ask­ing ques­tions what age is ideal to start ed­u­ca­tion?

Psy­chol­o­gists say that dur­ing the first six years of life the child learns eas­ily, re­mem­bers many words, and can ab­sorb a tremen­dous amount of knowl­edge.

It is very im­por­tant to ex­pose chil­dren to ed­u­ca­tion be­fore school, as their brains are stim­u­lated and give an im­pact on their aca­demic per­for­mance later.

In Azerbaijan out of a to­tal num­ber of preschool chil­dren only 20 per­cent at­tend kinder­gartens and prepara­tory cour­ses, while in Europe the per­cent­age stands at 90 per­cent. Only af­ter many years par­ents be­gin to rec­og­nize the value of the ex­pe­ri­ence that was ac­quired by the child in the first years of life, and at the same time be­gin to re­al­ize that they did not give him/her.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Mikayil Jab­barov signed an or­der on cre­ation of prepara­tory groups in gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion schools in 2017-2018 aca­demic year. If ear­lier it was not oblig­a­tory, since the men­tioned aca­demic year it will be com­pul­sory.

For that rea­son, the ed­u­ca­tional de­part­ments were in­structed to­gether to spec­ify the num­ber of 5year-olds born in 2012 who will be in­volved in the prepara­tory groups in the 2017-2018 aca­demic year, to take mea­sures to clar­ify the schools and teach­ers who will be in­volved in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the prepara­tory groups. Be­sides, new cur­ricu­lum will be cre­ated to re­veal chil­dren’s cre­ative abil­i­ties.

The Milli Me­jlis [Par­lia­ment] adopted a draft law "On preschool ed­u­ca­tion" on April 14 at the fi­nal - third read­ing. The draft law con­sists of 5 chap­ters and 24 ar­ti­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to the law, state, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, le­gal en­ti­ties and cit­i­zens of Azerbaijan can be founders of preschool ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. Preschool ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions shall have per­pet­ual li­censes. Only highly ed­u­cated per­sons with at least 5 years ex­pe­ri­ence in this area can be ap­pointed to th­ese in­sti­tu­tions.

Jab­barov pre­vi­ously noted that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion or­ga­nized paid cour­ses of preschool ed­u­ca­tion in Baku and ex­plained the rea­son why the cour­ses were paid. The fact is that the state bud­get did not pro­vide for the al­lo­ca­tion of funds for their or­ga­ni­za­tion, and kinder­gartens, where the pre-school ed­u­ca­tion ex­ists, re­ceive fund­ing from lo­cal ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies.

The for­mal ed­u­ca­tion age for Azer­bai­jani chil­dren is six years old. Chil­dren who turn 6 years old un­til Septem­ber 15 are al­lowed to be en­rolled in the first grade of gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion schools.

Ex­perts think that chil­dren un­der 6 years old only re­quire love, af­fec­tion and parental at­ten­tion and that it is stress­ful for those chil­dren to cope with the most dif­fi­cult tasks as sit­ting for long pe­ri­ods at a desk and keep­ing from run­ning, scream­ing and play­ing games. How­ever, af­ter at­tend­ing preschool ed­u­ca­tion cen­ters, the school will not be so stress­ful for the child, be­cause he/she is al­ready pre­pared for dis­ci­pline and regime, knows how to prop­erly build re­la­tion­ships with peers and teach­ers.

Be­sides, Jab­barov un­der­lined that to im­prove the ad­mis­sion sys­tem and for the con­ve­nience of par­ents the Cen­tral Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in­tends to con­duct elec­tronic reg­is­tra­tion of chil­dren who will be­gin gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion schools.

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