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13 February 2024, 16:50

Minister: Education must cater to Belarus’ economic needs

MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – Education must be practice-based, Education Minister Andrei Ivanets saidduring the meeting held byBelarusian President AleksandrLukashenko with members of the National Council of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions on 13 February, BelTA has learned.

The minister emphasized the importance of education matching the needs of economy and giving students the knowledge and skills required at a particular place of work. He urged to use the functional approach. 

"Internship programs have been introduced for first-year students. However, it remains to be seen how efficient they are,” Andrei Ivanets noted. “We are well aware that sometimes enterprises take this matter perfunctorily. They register their internship as completed after the interns show up at an enterprise once. There is definitely a lot of work to do." 

"It is not secret that third- and fourth-year students often work part-time today. Future teachers work in schools, future doctors - in clinics and hospitals, future agrarians - at agricultural enterprises," the minister added.

"Universities often ask over professionals from the manufacturing sector to give lectures to students along with professors and teachers," the minister noted. "There are 2,500 such lecturers today. It seems like an impressive figure; however the efficiency of such work is still to be examined, too."

"Enterprise managers should be interested in sending their best employees to educational institutions to scout for talent who may come to work for them tomorrow," Andrei Ivanets concluded.
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