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[17.03.23] $500 Thousand for the National Testing

USAID will provide 500 thousand dollars to conduct the National Testing, announced Todd Drummond, ACCELS country director at the press conference with AKIpress.
At this point, the main objective of the educational reforms is to inform as many high school graduates as possible about the Testing. To provide for that, seminars for the school principals will be held both in the North (March 25-26) and in the South (March 28-29) of the country.
Also, the Ministry of Finance is expected to specify the size of the scholarship per student (7 thousand soms last year).
I.Boldjurova, Minister of Education and Todd Drummond pointed out that their goal is to make university admission process transparent.
According to the Minister, last year was an experiment that allowed to detect and eliminate all mistakes and drawbacks.
I.Boldjurova also noted that 80% of the first-year students completed the first semester at universities with fours and fives in their grade books. This proves that education reforms are yielding the first results.
The National Testing, developed according the international standards, is an opportunity for talented youths, which for some objective reasons didnt receive good education, to enter universities...
Minister of education and culture I.Boldjurova also noted that there would be quotas set for each social category to receive scholarships and attend universities. Quotas are introduced to make the selection process fair with respect to different quality of education. Categories include a. Bishkek, b. regional centers, c. small towns, d. selos, e. those, eligible for social benefits. Every university will have a quota for every category.
University enrollment process will start on July 7th and will be carried out in two rounds. Applicants, who fail to enter university at the first round, will have a chance to participate in the second one.
Prospective students will be able to select universities (or majors) in every round. 200 students with the best scores will be granted scholarships regardless of their social category.
This year the Ministry of education and culture leaves it up to universities to select the applicants. Every applicant will leave a ticket with his/her score at the university and then, university representatives along with independent observers (NGOs, parents) will select from the coded tickets. Every certificate will have such tickets attached.
If a university in Bishkek has a quota of 12 and it receives 34 tickets, those with the highest scores will be admitted.
If a ticket doesnt make it in one university, it can be selected in the other university. Thus, there will be no separate minimum acceptance scores for every university. Everything will depend on the quantity and quality of the applicants, which will also show prestige of a university.
Registration for the National Testing will be held between March 31st and April 12th.
Those, who fail to register, will not be allowed to take the test, that is everybody, applying for the state university scholarship must get registered.
To be eligible for the scholarship one must be a citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic, studying at the 11th grade or already carrying a high school or secondary special school diploma, but not yet enrolled at a university. Based on the international agreement on cooperation, citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russian and Tajikistan are eligible for the scholarships as well.
The applicants will have to pay a registration fee of 50 soms to cover additional registration expenses such as salary of registration officers, the stamp on registration forms and registration tickets, issuing certificates, work of registration offices (mail expenses, stationery).
Every registered applicant will receive a registration ticket with his picture that will enable him/her to take part in the testing.
In 2002, registration and the testing were carried out on the same day because it wasnt clear how many students were going to take the Test. This caused a lot of complaints from the parents: the applicants got tired because of the lengthy registration process. This year it is somewhat possible to forecast the number of the test takers.

NA AKIpress, March 17, 2003

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