Renewing the educational system
Late October 2016 Cito was in Astana with a group of key experts and project managers. Since 2012 Cito works together with the organisation of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) on developing a new system for secondary education at 20 different places in this vast country; as big as all of Western Europe.
Teaching is founded on leading educational principles, and that includes good and fair testing too. Did you know that:
- pupils in these schools follow trilingual education in Kazakh, Russian and English languages;
- pupils follow a K12-plus program with a focus on natural sciences and mathematics;
- pupils are taught by national and international teachers?
We were pleased to read about the Anne Frank exhibition at the NIS schools, although it is only a small aspect of the great renewal process in which the NIS schools have the lead.
The complete education system in Kazakhstan is 'under construction'. And Cito helps: We not only developed a new selection test system in cooperation with NIS, but we are also currently working for NIS to develop and implement comprehensive student monitoring systems for mathematics and language learning.
Our expertise and experience with monitoring systems in Dutch education proves to be very useful in the Kazakh context. In cooperation with local experts we build new monitoring systems that are optimally suited for the local situation.
Cito also has been involved in the professional development of teachers in Kazakhstan. In a number of 'Train-the-trainer' programs, we have trained in 2014 and 2015 teachers to enable them to transfer the acquired knowledge to their colleagues in the schools.