To Study Further or To Work?

CT (Complex Test): Challenges with the implementation

Before getting into the university the students are in two minds: either to study technical/vocational disciplines beneficial to employers or to learn the general disciplines. Eventually, those who choose the former face the difficulties to return to general lessons content to fresh their knowledge of Kazakh history, mathematics, Russian language and other subjects that are of course not suitable for their career plans. As a result, entrants show low results and cannot be accepted by universities to study. It shows that Complex Test (CT) has some essential weaknesses.

According to the results of CT from the launching year (2012) till present year (2014), we can observe the phenomenon that it is getting much harder to gain by entrants even the passing minimum score. As a consequence, majority of students is not able to get higher education. Regarding the OECD review team (2014) the 2012 unsuccessful results analysis attributes this to “insufficient attention to the level of general subjects teaching in technical and vocational education institutions and a strong focus on the students training for special disciplines”.

Moreover, as I’m working in private education institution, now I’m in process to add to my thesis the role of private sector in preparation process for CT. Finally, this work will suggest the solution for passing the CT exam by students that in due time helps to increase the level of our education. This work will be very beneficial, chiefly for policy makers.What has been the single most helpful course or reading in the past year?

What has been the single most helpful course or reading in the past year?

I found the course ‘Education Policy’ very valuable. With the help of relevant readings I understood how to set my thesis topic in the right direction. I learnt from the course how to implement correctly the new policy and for me as a future agent of change it will be very helpful!

What challenges have you faced in the first year?

The first year was a bit hard for me in the case of subjectivity – the full focus is on education, especially on the example of NIS schools. However, as I’m not working and did not work in NIS school, it was a bit difficult for me.

One thought on “To Study Further or To Work?

  1. Dear Assem,

    Welcome to the blog!

    The role of the private sector in preparing students for the CT exam is an important topic.

    I noticed that you gave a direct quote without an in-text citation or reference. Watch out! The blogging guidelines say that a post should “use sources and citations responsibly (APA recommended).”

    Did you take any of your comment from your thesis proposal? We were hoping to see all original content on this blog. Of course, you are free to summarize or paraphrase from your proposal. I see that you did answer the suggested questions, and this is good. However, I think it would have been a better idea to incorporate those answers into the body of your writing so that the comment is an integrated whole.

    I look forward to reading your next post.

    4.5 out of 5


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