Kazakhstan to gradually introduce teaching in English language

ASTANA (TCA) — Work is underway to gradually switch to English-language education in Kazakhstan’s secondary schools and universities, Minister of Education Yerlan Sagadiyev told a press conference on July 26, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

“This (academic) year about 500 classes in the framework of an experiment and with the written consent of parents will switch to teaching in English. During the year we will monitor the process and in the next year we will sum up the results and adopt the final schedule for the transition to teaching in three languages at the senior level,” Sagadiyev said.

To transfer to teaching in English in 10-11 grades, 4 subjects were identified: “Physics”, “Chemistry”, “Biology”, and “Informatics”. The development of textbooks and teaching materials on the subjects of natural sciences in English is under way.

In higher education, 30 percent of the subjects will be taught in English. Since 2016, 30 percent of basic and profiling disciplines have already been taught in English at universities.

“This year we begin mass training of (school) teachers — four thousand teachers have already begun training, in September another eight thousand teachers will start training,” Sagadiyev said.

If upon returning to work a teacher passes an exam to get the category “Teaching in English”, an increase in his or her wage is foreseen, the minister said.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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