Kazakhstan young people against educational deposits 02 мая 2011, 13:42
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Kazakhstan youth organizations disagree with the Education Ministry's decision to introduce educational deposits, Tengrinews.kz reports citing representatives of different movements.
Social movement Zhastar-2012 and a youth wing of Kazakhstan Communist Party have joined into a movement called Nashe pravo (Our Right) and are planning to resist these educational innovations.
“The idea of introducing educational deposits by 2015 will completely destroy free education. Orphans, disabled and poor children will not be able to pay for education. Where would they get money to save for education every month?” said Dmitriy Tikhonov from the social movement.
At the end of February the Ministry of Education started creating a system of special educational deposits that would be used only to payment for education. Every parent will have to open such deposit for each of their kids in any of Kazakhstan's commercial bank.
The youth movement is planning to collect signatures of more than 10 thousand people from all over Kazakhstan and apply to Government calling it not to passing the law and leaving the existing system of educational grants.
“With such a system, a cleaner's son will become a cleaner and a minister's son will become a minister, since only the ministers will be able to educate their children,” Tikhonov added.
Representative of Zhastar-2012 Arman Ozhaubayev said that should the system be implemented, around 50 percent of Kazakhstan population will be left illiterate and this will affect the country development in general.
By Aizhan Tugelbayeva