Lukashenko concerned about always changing school curricula


It is unacceptable to constantly change school curricula and endlessly publish new textbooks, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting held on 21 September to discuss ways to improve the country's education system, BelTA has learned.

"Today we will also talk about the content of the educational process, or rather, about the textbooks used to teach our children. I am very concerned that there are still questions about their quality. We have to respond to citizens' complaints and figure out what is wrong with our textbooks. I believe that the Education Ministry has been underperforming in this regard for several years now," the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted textbooks are mostly written by educators who have been out of school for years. He believes that this approach is wrong and out of touch with their audience. “They must appeal to the youth. Young people don't have the same knowledge as we do. They have no experience. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on them and prepare textbooks for them. The system of knowledge assessment (exams, etc.) should be tailored to them too," the president emphasized.

"At the pedagogical council on 24 August 2021, I spoke against always changing curricula and plans and endless publication of new textbooks. I suggested returning to the Soviet experience, taking the best textbooks and gradually refining them, improving them rather than printing new and new ones. Because every new team of authors is always trying to be original (you scholars understand this): ‘I want to be different from what it was, and show myself.' Nobody needs it. The main principle of the work of our state and any processes taking place in our state is to build on what humanity has achieved. We stand, as I say quoting one of great thinkers, on the shoulders of giants. There is no need to jump off these shoulders - we will lose everything that humanity has discovered before us. We must use this for the sake of the future. Therefore, we need to improve and do not hesitate to capitalize on the best things that have been achieved before us ," the Belarusian leader said.

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