Content of Arts Education in Kyrgyzstan

Citizens of Kyrgyzstan have a constitutional right to free general secondary education in all state education institutions irrespective of sex, race, nationality, social and property status, activity, worldviews, religious beliefs, health, place of residence, and other circumstances. According to the data of the Ministry of Education and Science of the KR by the beginning of 2010/2011 academic year the network of educational institutions consists of 2191 schools. The total number of pupils is 1 041 564 children that comprises more than 20 % to the total number of population of the country. The number of school-age children enrolled in schools is around 89,9%.


According to the State educational standard of the KR on school education (2004), which is in force now, subjects of aesthetic cycle are included in “general cultural educational area”. As analysis shows, subjects of aesthetic cycle take 8,2% of time within the basic education plan in primary school, and 3,4% in secondary school and 0% in high school.

Beyond the state educational standards in Kyrgyzstan in accordance with the Law “On Education” (Articles # 1, 11, 12, and 17) complementary educational programs in the field of culture and arts have place at all levels. Thus, Article 17 on “Complementary education of children, teenagers, and youth” of the Law “On Education” provides that the “complementary education for children, teenagers, and youth is realized in out-of-school and pre-school educational institutions, schools, and other organizations of complementary education, ensures development of motivation of the person to cognition and creativity, realization of complementary educational programs and services for the benefits of the individual, society, and the state, and implemented on a voluntary basis.