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School pupils in Kazakhstan to get tablet computers

Posted on November 13, 2011 by Alex

Caspionet, Nov 4, 2011

All school pupils in Kazakhstan are to get tablet computers as part of electronic learning programme that is being introduced in the country. This year, several schools of the republic will take advantage of this programme. Prospects of this approach topped a discussion at the fifth international forum of educational information in Astana. Already in November, the beta version of the e-learning system will be in operation in 44 schools of Astana, Almaty and Karaganda. These schools will be provided with high quality internet access in the near future.

Askar Zhumagaliyev, Kazakh Minister of Communication and Information:

“We have speedy internet in four areas this year and next year we will increase the speed and cover virtually all areas in the countryside. We have now come to the beginning of the 4G project. The corresponding frequencies we have already agreed on, and soon we will give them to Kazakhtelecom.”

By 2020, the state will purchase 83 000 tablets for schools but these devices will not fully replace textbooks the way they did it in the USA and Japan. Learning processes will be conducted simultaneously because the main objective of the reform is to improve the quality of education to solve the issue of professional personnel in the villages. The focus is also upon making education accessible for children with disabilities.

Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov, Kazakh Minister of Education and Science:

“To date, 9300 children with disabilities are unable to attend school for health reasons. From this year on, the state is to be providing 3,000 such children with computers, the Internet and software for distance learning annually. Over these years, we will have completely solved this issue with 5.6 billion tenge reserved for these purposes.”

Some primary school classes in Karaganda schools switched to e-learning system last year. Teachers say the experiment is success.

Olga Surnacheva, Coordinator, “Education for the Future” Programme:

“We started watching these children and noticed that their interest in studying increased. They become more research-oriented, self-dependent, which is very important now.”

Dozens of the world’s leading IT-companies displayed their inventions in this field at the exhibition of information and educational achievements. Electronic textbooks, teaching computers and programmes that may be interesting for local teachers were at the exposition as well.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=793&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

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