Priorities of Arts Education in Kazakhstan

Education development and educational organizations’ functions in Kazakhstan are indicated in the National Educational Development Program in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2005-2010 (Adopted by decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan from October 11 2004, # 1459, amended in July of 2008).

For last decade the educational system of Kazakhstan faced the significant changes that affected all levels and radically changed approaches and interpretation of art education. Radical changes of the status and policies of art education organizations’ activities besides all caused a number of positive factors and negative tendencies, which nowadays impact on educational organizations’ modalities conditions, content and targeting of educational plans and programs, students’ capacity-building and art related staff.

In the framework of the National Program all education levels are institutionally supported by related network organizations (for the moment the principles of the next stage for 2011 – 2020 has been drafted). Educational structure was shaped in accordance with the UNESCO International Standard Classification (ISCED-1997). This anticipates the new environment for introducing 12 years educational cycle, restructuring of the vocational and technical education; introduction of three-level specialists training: bachelor – master- Ph. D. The classifier for high school and post-graduate qualifications in Kazakhstan was adopted in 2009. Now the classifier for vocational and technical education and post – secondary education is undergoing.

The National Quality Assurance System In Education is already in place; it includes all necessary elements of independent external evaluation: licensing, certification, accreditation, and rating, unified public testing system, intermediate public monitoring, comprehensive testing of entrants. The education system in Kazakhstan is aimed to be shaped to the modern social and economic environment and improving the quality of the national education, which is still less competitive.