Education quality and accessibility to be improved with new general education network
A general education network is being established to improve accessibility to education for children living in remote settlements, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (MECSS) announced on September 7.
Acting Deputy Secretary of MECSS T.Gan-Erdene signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday with executive director of state-owned Mongolian Electricity Transmission Network Stock Company M.Altan-Ochir.
Through the agreement, the two organizations will create a general education network that enables schools and kindergartens across Mongolia to communicate and share data with each other.
The network will also allow children to access online lessons, libraries, and other contents regardless of location or time. Officials believe that the network will greatly contribute in improving the quality and accessibility of education.
MECSS launched a program to build infrastructure for the network in 2008 and has been carrying it out in steps with funding from the state budget. According to official reports, 131 general education schools in Ulaanbaatar, over 200 schools in provinces, and around 350 schools in soums have been connected to the internet and intranet, a private network accessible only to an organization's staff.
Within the scope of the project, New Generation Education subproject has been carried out since 2015 to connect all schools and kindergartens to the network and renew their connection devices.
Mongolian Electricity Transmission Network agreed to resolve the infrastructure problems of schools through the memorandum.
Enhancing the information and communication infrastructure will make it possible to increase internet speed at learning institutes in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan-Uul and Orkhon provinces by up to 10 GB of data per month, and one GB to other provinces.