The President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev has hosted a meeting on issues of reforming the sphere of education, further advancing the vocational education system and improving testing examinations for admission to undergraduate courses at higher education institutions.
From the first years of independence the issue of development of the education and upbringing system has been raised to the level of state policy in our country. Extensive efforts are undertaken to foster the younger generation to modern knowledge and professions in accordance with world standards, the formation of physically healthy and spiritually mature personalities, promoting the realization of their talents and potential, educating youth in the spirit of love and devotion to the Motherland.
In the Decree of the President of our country “On the Strategy of Actions along Five Priority Directions for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021”, signed on 7 February 2017, a number of tasks have been defined for the development of the social sphere, in particular, the sphere of education and science.
The document provides for strengthening the material and technical base of educational institutions, building new ones, carrying out reconstruction and capital repairs of existing ones, equipping them with modern educational and laboratory equipment, computer equipment (computer hardware) and educational and methodical aids.
A program for the fundamental improvement of the higher education system in 2017-2021 will be developed, work (measures) on further improvement of the curricula, on gradual increasing the independence of higher education institutions will be carried out by enhancing of their authority over in using additional sources of funding and providing paid services.
Over the past year, about seventy relevant resolutions, decrees and orders of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Cabinet of Ministers were adopted, which marked the beginning of a new stage in the radical reform of the education system.In the current year, the admission of students to the tenth grade of the secondary specialized education system is again established.
This was carried out in parallel with the process of admission to academic lyceums and professional colleges. At the same time, the wishes and opinions of parents and students were taken into account.
The President of our country particularly noted the need to take into account the views of parents and students in further improving the work carried out in the field, organizing events such as open days, holding various meetings.
In 2016/2017 academic year, over 466 thousand students graduated from general education schools. 288 thousand schoolchildren, that is, more than 60 percent, are continuing their education in 10th grades of general schools.
A particular focus during the meeting was also paid to issues of mastering by youth of professions, educating students in the spirit of patriotism.
At the same time, great importance is attached to the study of the rich heritage of our great ancestors by the youth, educating the younger generation as their worthy successors, mature personalities.
The establishment of the specialized school named after Muhammad alKhorazmiy on deep study of disciplines in the direction of information and communication technologies was also the first step towards realizing this task. The establishment of this school will provide the basis for the preparation of highly qualified personnel from the school age, the formation of specialists in the sphere corresponding to modern requirements and standards.
The resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On establishment of the state specialized general educational boarding school named after Mirzo Ulugbek and the Astronomy and Aeronautics Park” was also adopted.
In accordance with this resolution, the specialized state general educational boarding school named after Mirzo Ulugbek will be organized at the Institute of astronomy for in-depth study of mathematics, astronomy, physics and informatics.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On establishment of the state specialized general boarding school named after Mirzo Ulugbek and the Astronomy and Aeronautics Park”.
One of the main tasks set before of these schools is the formation of a base of highly qualified subject teachers and the teaching of foreign languages at the level of modern requirements. It is especially noted that the creation of such specialized schools will serve to educate youth in the spirit of patriotism and love for the Motherland.
At the meeting, the issue of professional guidance for students of the 8th and 9th grades, taking into account the opportunities and potential of the regions, was also considered. This will open up new opportunities for students in mastering professions in the next stage of education.
Henceforth, graduates of general educational schools will be trained in about fifty professions.
The organization of modern equipped training and production centers is planned on the basis of professional colleges and general educational schools. In addition, a number of professional colleges are attached to relevant ministries and departments, enterprises and organizations.
Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on measures of further improving the activities of secondary special, professional education institutions of March 14, 2017, serves as a guide to action.
This will help to increase the role of these institutions in training personnel and creating guaranteed workplaces. In this connection, the President of our country instructed the heads of the sphere to visit places, to study the real needs of each region in specific specialists.
At the meeting, measures aimed at improving the educational process in higher educational institutions, training youth on the basis of modern requirements were discussed, which is one of the relevant issues on the agenda. At the same time, it is important to ensure the openness and transparency of testing examinations when entering universities.
The Head of our state also gave instructions on development of proposals for improving testing examinations for admission to higher education institutions in the baccalaureate, introducing relevant advanced experience of developed foreign countries, ensuring transparency of testing examinations.
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