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Belarus president against mirroring foreign education models

President 19.10.2018 | 15:15
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko

GRODNO, 19 October (BelTA) – I am totally against mirroring other countries' education models, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he spoke to students of the Grodno universities on 19 October, BelTA has learned.

“I am vigorously opposed to mirroring other countries' education models. Our education system is quite good. There is no need to break it. The system just needs to be improved and adapted to modern conditions,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

According to the head of state, attempts are sometimes made in Belarus to break the existing education system and introduce novelties which are not always positive. “Maybe this is not true but I have the impression that everyone today is made to take a master's degree program. Only then you will be considered a specialist. This is wrong. A specialist is the one who gets a university degree. If you want to be a scientist, you are welcome to take postgraduate courses,” the president said.

Alexander Lukashenko added that he will soon hold a meeting during which government members will report on the progress in the implementation of his instructions on the development of higher education in the country.

“While watching the students' presentations, I kept thinking that they are top-notch, European level as they say, even above it. Why do we need to break the system of education in this university or other universities? Do we need to improve it, sure we do. But for this we should not break either the system or our people. We need modern equipment, techniques and communication to be aware of the level reached by your competitors. We need to be at the top of the competition if we want to achieve some results,” the head of state noted.

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