Quality and Equity Issues in Kazakhstani Rural Schools
Spread over an area of 2,724,900 square Kilometres, Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world. Since its independence in 1991, the country has initiated several major reforms to enhance quality of education at all levels. However, there are significant gaps and inequalities in the quality of educational provision and achievements between rural and urban schools. About 57% of schools are rural schools which face declining achievements and completion rates, lack of school infrastructure, shortage of qualified teachers, high dropout rates and many other issues. The study discusses how key stakeholders (school leaders, teachers, students, parents and education managers) perceive quality of education in rural schools in Kazakhstan. It presents the stakeholders’ vision, priorities and aspirations of quality of education, the opportunities, resources and support available to them as well as the gaps, challenges and issues they face in achieving their perceived quality of education. The study also makes recommendations for enhancing quality of education in the rural schools in Kazakhstan.
Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2020)
- Date of Conference: 23-25 November 2020
- DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2020.0006
- ISBN: 978-1-913572-22-8
- Conference Location: London, UK