CCS holds weekly briefing in Astana

January 26, 2013

The official website of the Central Communications Service for the President of Kazakhstan will always keep the people of Kazakhstan updated with the latest news in the country. From now on, the Central Communications Service’s web site at ortcom.kz will be announcing events, information about security officials’ activity, state-run development programmes and other topical information. At a media briefing on Monday, the Official Spokesman of the Central Communications Service for the President of Kazakhstan, Altay Abibullayev, announced that on the 30th of January, 2013, the head of state together with law enforcement agencies’ officials would discuss the current situation in Kazakhstan regarding the country’s fight against crimes, corruption, drug smuggling and observation of human rights.

This week, Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov will hold a number of meetings devoted to the issue of government bonds in foreign markets and to the modernization of Kazakhstan’s economy. The first deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Regional Development Bakytzhan Sagintayev will travel to the South Kazakhstan and Zhambyl regions for working visits. Recently, the Minister of Education and Science answered questions posed by journalists. He highlighted that the Unified National Testing had had one third of its tasks renewed. According to the Minister, 72% of children aged between 3 and 6 years old attend nursery schools, while another 406 thousand children were on the waiting list.

This year, the Ministry is going to implement a presidential instruction aimed at improving the current situation concerning unserviceable schools and three-shift school education. Moreover, Bakytzhan Zhumagulov said that the Ministry was working on the Presidential tasks aimed at converting the Kazakh alphabet into the Latin one by 2025. The Minister also noted that Kazakhstan should thoroughly study that issue based on the experience of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.

Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, Kazakh Minister of Education and Science:
- We have formed a working team, which studies the scientific component of the conversion to the Latin alphabet. First of all, this group should analyze the situation and look into both traditions and experience. We should present our point of view to the state commission that will be engaged in the conversion to the Latin alphabet.