Moldovan education minister presents priorities for following period
12:17 | 24.03.2023 Category: Social
Chisinau, March 24 /MOLDPRES/- In the coming period, several educational institutions in our country will be modernized and equipped with new equipment, hundreds of schools will switch to the electronic catalog, and students will receive new textbooks for most school subjects by September 2024. These are just some of the the priorities in the educational field presented today at a press conference by Minister of Education and Research Anatolie Topală.
The minister said that the first objective of the MEC is to increase the attractiveness and relevance of studies for the labor market. "13 universities and pedagogical colleges are currently going through an extensive process of transformation and modernization. The Ministry allocated 289 million lei (14.5 million euros) for 20 projects to improve the infrastructure, but also to change the contents taught in these institutions. Under these projects, 52 laboratories and research centers, 67 halls and 18 teaching and counseling centers will be equipped and modernized," Topală said.
The official also announced that for the first time after many years in which almost no investment was made in equipping the rooms for the exact sciences, in the next period, around 300 schools will have modern physics, biology and chemistry laboratories. At the same time, the electronic catalog will be implemented in most general education institutions and vocational schools, it being currently used in about 560 educational institutions.
Anatolie Topală noted that those in charge are working on the development of the E-Admission system for higher education, which will allow the submission of documents for admission to the university online. In the future, bachelor's degrees will also be issued in digital format.
Another objective in the educational field is the efficiency of the educational process through digitization. Digital laboratories will be created in around 70 general education institutions, equipped with UNICEF support. With the support of the World Bank, more than 5,000 laptops will reach schools. IT equipment will be purchased for schools and based on a grant from the Global Partnership for Education, for this purpose more than 2 million dollars will be used.
In order to strengthen the human resource in the educational system, the ministry proposes to extend the period of granting the allowance for young specialists - from three years to five years. This provision is included in the draft amendment to the Education Code.