Education and Science Minister Hanna Novosad presented To Do List changes planned to be implemented in education and science within three timeframes - by the end of 2019, during 2020 and in the next 5 years in general. The event took place at the modern kindergarten in Obukhivka, Dnipropetrovsk region, today, November 8, 2019.
“The President and the Government have tasked with creating an education system that would provide continuous learning opportunities and that would provide access to quality education at every level, from early learning to adulthood. We need to develop those competencies, to acquire the knowledge necessary in the modern world. We, as the responsible Ministry, see this task as building a coherent system that can at each level involve a person and provide with the opportunities and skills critical for the successful professional and personal life,” stressed Hanna Novosad.
According to her, due attention has been paid to the development of preschool education. Among the tasks until the end of 2019 and for 2020, in particular, the formation of a list of personal qualities/skills of the child after kindergarten, reducing the queue to attend preschool educational institutions, conducting research into the quality of preschool education.
“One of the most ambitious goals is to provide access to early education. Together with the local authorities, we aim to either construct or reconstruct 100 kindergartens,” the Minister emphasized, adding that in 5 years, every child in rural and urban areas should have access to preschool education. The Ministry will also work to ensure decent labour remuneration for the staff of preschool institutions.
Hanna Novosad informed that the reform of school education and the implementation of the New Ukrainian School reform would continue. “On the agenda of our Government will be to complete the transformations in primary school. But no less ambitious objective is to transfer these changes and launch transformations in basic school – grades 5-9. And this challenge is more complicated than in grades 1-4, because we are talking about an increase in number of teachers, subject teachers, increase in number of classes,” she stressed.
The objectives by the end of 2019 and for 2020 are as follows: to submit to the Parliament a bill "On comprehensive secondary education", to introduce in December this year a practice of explaining to children about different professions - vocational training, introduction of e-textbooks, creation of 250 new STEM laboratories and 25 laboratories of robotics. In addition, the mission is to build or restore 100 modern schools.
The issue of access to education for Ukrainians in the areas of armed conflict is important. The Ministry is working on the creation of e-materials for distance education for children from temporary occupied territories. Psychological support is planned for gray area schools and TOT pupils and students. In addition, according to Hanna Novosad, it is necessary to increase opportunities for entrance of children from temporarily occupied territories.