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Over 1,000 schools to introduce zero grades with a single program and a basic textbook in 2017

09 March 2017, 14:18

Henceforth, study in the zero grade will  be based on alphabetic book "Alippe" ("ABC book"). This will eliminate the imbalance between the level of preparation of children coming to study in the first grade, said Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Sagadiyev at the press conference in the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Minister noted that with the introductiona single program and a single basic textbook in the first grade in 2016, teachers began to experience certain difficulties.

"To date, 80% of first-graders can read fluently, 20% do not even know the letters. Because of this, the whole class is forced to pass the entire program again," said Y.Sagadiyev.

In this regard, there was a need to introduce a single curriculum in the pre-school. It is expected that after the introduction of this innovation, children will come to the first grade as ready as possible for the development of a unified school curriculum.

Zero grade can be studied both in school and in kindergarten.

As for "Sauat ashu" textbook, it will be divided into two books: "Alippe" (ABC book) for the zero grade and "Ana tіlі" for the first. There is an alternative to zero grade - distance learning. The base program and the training course have already been posted on the site.