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26 May 2017

Lukashenko: Centralized tests will be fully in sync with school curriculum this year

MINSK, 26 May (BelTA) – This year the content of centralized tests during the enrollment campaign will reflect what is studied at schools, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during the meeting with students “Youth: A Look into the Future” on 26 May, BelTA has learned.

“We are busy approximating the centralized testing with the school curriculum. This year the new education minister made me a promise that all the centralized tests would be based on the school curriculum. This year they will fully correspond to it,” the head of state underlined.

According to the president, previously centralized tests were put together by representatives of scientific community. “The result was as follows: all school teachers got used to tutoring in summer while school students started to learn everything by heart instead of developing logical thinking. This is a wrong way to prepare for the centralized testing,” Alexander Lukashenko pointed out.

He also remarked that in some fields the centralized tests will no longer be required. This primarily applies to art specialties. “We have done it earlier and will keep on promoting this practice. When the result of a test depends solely on some figures, teachers cannot recognize pupils’ individuality. This should not be done this way,” the president noted.

Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the students applying for art and humanities specialties as an example. Those who want to become musicians or journalists will take a creativity test. This means that the examiner can evaluate their talent on the spot. If the students were to take the centralized testing only, the country would overlook many talents, the president added.

“This year we will examine the process and will take the final decision next year,” Alexander Lukashenko said

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