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Modern Technologies VS Teachers

teacher-left-behind1The era of new modern super-smart technologies does not leave indifferent anyone including Kazakhstani schools and universities. The government, influenced by using new technologies in overseas countries, gradually tries to provide computers and other electronic facilities in state schools and universities. Moreover, there were attempts to replace heavy books by small laptops and tablets for school students. Of course, new devices come to urban classes much faster than to rural. However, in my opinion, the efforts of government to increase the computer literacy and simplify the study process cannot be decried. In this post I am going to talk about my personal perception toward readiness of teaching staff to effectively use modern educational technologies.

During my study at primary school of Astana old and bulky computers cluttered up the classes of informatics and teachers along with students just started to familiarize themselves with computers. With the lapse of time new equipments like interactive boards, multimedia classes and thin monitors gradually have appeared in classrooms. However, were these modern technologies useful for me and my classmates in our studying? No. The main reason for that, in my opinion, is low level of computer literacy among teachers. The interactive boards which had the goal to help a teacher in teaching process were used in rare cases or not used at all. The old chalk board still remained as the main tool of explaining the materials for teachers. Old generation of teachers, which was the majority, were not ready to use this facilities and rejected all efforts to study them. The computer laboratories for students were on limited conditions, and it was impossible for students to come and study there after classes. Moreover, even the use of cassette recorder during English language classes was exotic for us.

It is obvious, that since it is only my opinion, this writing can be biased. However, it has become a common case when a government spends a huge amount of money to equip classrooms with super-modern (sometimes even unnecessary) technologies and schools do not have an idea what to do with them. The solution I see in providing courses for teaches to prepare for constant using new technologies during lessons. Also it will be so helpful for teachers if teaching materials supports the use of computers.

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Dual college education model: the Bridge between students and enterprises

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Dual education model in colleges of Kazakhstan was firstly suggested by President of Republic of Kazakhstan in 2012 at the 2nd meeting of Zhas Otan youth wing of Nur Otan party. Since that time a lot have been done for the purpose of introducing dual education model in Kazakhstani colleges. In this blog I am trying to highlight the results of these actions so far and give my personal opinion toward this reformation of technical and vocational education in Kazakhstan.

The main goal of dual education model is establishment the direct connections between students and enterprises. According to this modal students spend sixty percent of their instructional time at a workplace gaining job skills. After two or three years of studying at class and practicing on enterprises the students are ready to be a professional workers with the experience. The pilot version of this model was implemented at technical college of Almaty and there are already graduates. According to bnews.kz the success of the model was in particularly full employment of graduates on the enterprises where they used to be trainees. Moreover, the benefits that enterprises receive from this program attract more and more of them to collaborate with colleges. It goes without saying, that there is a huge lack of professional staff in such spheres of economy like energetic, IT, construction and welded clusters. As a result, there are already more than two thousands enterprises including such giants KazakhMys, Pavlodar Electrolytic Plant and Samruk-Kazyna Fund are willing to collaborate with colleges. There are 44,000 students studying now by this model and, according to centralasiaonline.com, it is planning to implement the dual education system in one hundred seventy six colleges of the state.

As for me, I think this reformation of technical and vocational education in Kazakhstan is a huge step toward establishing the bridge between students and enterprises for the purpose of increasing the state economic sector. Being a graduate student who was confused in further employment, I strongly support the dual model education and believe that it will bring more positive results rather than negative.

References

http://bnews.kz/ru/news/post/136283/

http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/main/2014/10/23/feature-01