Lukashenko discusses changes to Belarusian education system

MINSK, Aug. 23 (BelTA) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a government meeting on August 23 to discuss the development of the national education system, BelTA has learned.

The head of state said he traditionally holds meetings with representatives of the education system before Knowledge Day to compare notes and listen to reports on the state of readiness of the country’s educational institutions for the new college year. This time, the usual format of the event has been slightly modified to include a wider circle of stakeholders.

The president explained why he made this decision: “At the beginning of the year, we significantly updated the education code and the rules for admission to technical colleges and universities. A revision of the legislation is in progress. This year’s admission campaign took place in a renewed format. We’ll be talking about that work today, discussing this year’s admissions campaign and the ways we’re moving forward. The main changes in accordance with the Education Code and admissions rules will take effect in 2023. We are launching a new admissions campaign with the de facto start of the school year. I want to hear from those present how the education system, local authorities and college are ready for these changes.”

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the fundamental principle of his education policy is the fair treatment of each person and equal learning opportunities.

“In reflecting on this thesis, I have concluded that today we have more opportunities than ever before. This is especially true for employer-sponsored education. This format of learning is a great advantage Those who have done well in school have the opportunity to go to university,” the president said.

Alexander Lukashenko

“Therefore, teachers, school leavers and their parents should know all the admission rules,” the Belarusian leader said.

He recalled that at the previous meeting in November 2021, former Minister of Education Igor Karpenko had reported on the priorities of the sector, which were generally supported. “The new Minister of Education, Andrei Ivanets, has taken a good head start, but I know he has his own opinion on certain issues. Its good. For me it is important to hear your view of the situation in the education system, to discuss again the implementation of new approaches to the organization of the educational process, examinations for graduates, civil education and patriotism of children and young people,” said the President.

The Head of State also underlined the need to examine problematic issues. “I’m sure there are such issues. I would like them to come out today. I urge those present to have a frank conversation. If there is any doubt about the decisions taken and if you see any problems, let’s discuss them today. We have no time to waste. If we are wrong, people will not forgive us. How many times are we going to come back to the question of reform and improving our education system? Most of our citizens are connected to the education system in one way or another. These are the main topics of today’s discussion, to which I would like to draw your attention. “said Alexander Lukashenko.