MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – Fair attitude to every person is the main requirement for the education system, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting held on 12 October to discuss the legislative improvement of the national education system, BelTA informs.
The head of state remarked that the world is changing very quickly, and the national education system should promptly adjust to the spirit of the times. “As the head of state, I insist that the education system should, first of all, prioritize fair attitude to every person, provide equal education opportunities,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “Fairness is key. These are the first steps of our future citizens. Therefore, these first steps must be made in the atmosphere of honesty and fairness.”
The president wanted to listen to the opinions of all participants of the meeting regarding the proposed innovations. In his words, it is also essential to assess the readiness of the Belarusian education system to embrace new approaches envisaged in the education code and enrollment rules. “What will these innovations give our country, students, teachers?” the head of state wondered. “For example, I would like to be informed about the introduction of the national state exam, the expansion of targeted education schemes. Will the abovementioned principle be observed if we use this approach?”
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, when making such changes it is important not to lose an opportunity to see every college or university applicant. “Let's decide how we will admit people to universities. The easiest way is to keep the existing system, but we can also significantly modernize it. I am concerned about only one thing: we do not see people behind this centralized testing. It is dangerous,” the president believes.
“I want to have a sincere conversation with you. There are no minor things in the education system. We cannot make any mistakes. The system also determines the development of the country's economy, its ability to resist global challenges,” the head of state said. “Once again, school must be school, this is a sacred place. All these things must be reflected in the education code.”