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24 Aug 2017

Belarusian universities told to publish new admission rules in advance

MINSK, 24 August (BelTA) – Changing the university admission rules should be done in a timely manner, and the public should be informed of all these changes well in advance, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko noted at the plenary session of the Nationwide Conference on Teaching on 24 August, BelTA has learned.

“We need to keep working on the university enrollment system. It should provide the candidates with an opportunity to demonstrate their logical and creative thinking. I would like to warn you that when amending admission requirements the public should be informed about this in a timely manner,” Alexander Lukashenko specified.

The president underlined that teachers’ training universities need to update the approaches to the training of intending teachers. Practical pedagogy and psychology should become the basis for it.

The head of state also stressed that it is necessary to give a new impetus to the system of advanced training of education specialists. “It should be more flexible and responsive to new requirements and take into account cutting-edge scientific and practical achievements,” he added.

“We have agreed already that retraining is not about a teacher wasting a month or two in an advanced training institute. We all remember well how much time we used to spend on retraining per se and how much time on shopping and rambling. We have agreed that an advanced education course should take a week or ten days at best,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked. He also pointed out that retraining specialists should be innovative teachers, contest winners, guideline developers who should share the best recommendations. “Do not waste the money on the things that are not needed. Save it, and you will have the funds to support teachers,” the president said.

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