Many schools in Kazakhstan switching to online learning due to large-scale floods

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Students from nearly 100 schools in several regions of Kazakhstan switched to distance learning from April 1 due to the complex flood situation. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan, TASS reports.

Distance learning will be organized in 56 schools located in flood risk zones, as well as in 32 educational institutions where points for receiving evacuees are located. In addition, as a preventive measure, classes in colleges in the Aktobe region have been moved to an online format.

"Starting this Monday, the fourth quarter of the 2023-2024 academic year will begin for more than 3 million Kazakhstani children. At the same time, students in regions affected by floods will switch to distance learning. Psychological services are involved to provide necessary assistance to children in evacuation centers. Children are provided with necessary clothing, school supplies, and technical means for distance learning. The issue of providing nutrition to evacuated students in the first to fourth grades is being worked out," said the official representative - press secretary of the department, Mereke Amangeldykkyzy.

The ministry explained that the educational process will be organized in accordance with the state educational standard.

Earlier, Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev issued strict reprimands to the First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Nurzhan Nurzhigitov, as well as to the heads of administrations of the Atyrau, Akmola, Almaty, Pavlodar, and Abay regions for the failure to timely implement flood prevention measures.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan, due to massive floods in several districts of the Aktobe, Kostanay, West Kazakhstan, Abay, Ulytau, and Akmola regions, local emergencies have been declared. More than 11,000 people have been evacuated from flood zones. Approximately 5,500 people are currently in temporary shelters.

CentralasianLIGHT.org

April 1, 2024