Achievements and drawbacks of National Scholarship Testing in Kyrgyzstan by Dr. Duishon Shamatov
02 December 2011
UCA, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Title: Achievements and drawbacks of National Scholarship Testing in Kyrgyzstan
Date: 2 December 2011, 2:00 pm
Venue: SPCE Naryn Campus, University of Central Asia, 78 Lenin Street, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.
A scholastic aptitude test called National Scholarship Test (NST) was introduced in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2002 to assess secondary school graduates and provide them with opportunities to fairly qualify for state-funded seats at universities. One objective of the NST was to combat the increasing corruption of the university admission procedures, and the NST aimed to provide fair, transparent and equal opportunities for Kyrgyzstan's youth to compete for higher education. Educationally, the NST is designed to measure general academic and problem solving skills and has posed several challenges to the education system of the Kyrgyz Republic. This presentation analyzes whether the NST has been successful in its endeavours, and recommends policy and practice implications.
Dr. Duishon Shamatov is a Senior Research Associate at UCA. He has extensive research experience in the area of education policy and systems, and teaching experience within and beyond Central Asia. Duishon received his Master of Education in Teacher Education from the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) in 1998 and his PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining UCA, Duishon worked at the AKU-IED as a senior instructor. Duishon has presented his work at many conferences and has published widely.
The presentation will be conducted in Kyrgyz. English translation will be provided upon prior request.