Children from socially disadvantaged families will be able to study in elite schools

The Minister of Education, by his order dated August 5, 2022, changed the rules for admission to training in educational organizations that implement general curricula for elementary, primary and secondary education.

The changes affected admission to specialized educational organizations, where gifted children study and receive an elite education.

According to, in particular, the deadline for accepting documents for participation in the competition for admission to specialized educational organizations has been extended – from February 1 to April 15, additional deadlines are set by the authorized body in the field of education of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Previously, the deadline was from March 1 to April 1 of the current calendar year.

Now children from families belonging to socially vulnerable groups of the population will also be able to participate in the competition, on presentation of a copy of supporting documents.

Supporting documents can be submitted electronically or in paper format to the office of a specialized educational organization.

The socially vulnerable categories of the population, from which 15% of the total number of students will be selected, include:

  • children from families in rural areas receiving state-directed social assistance;
  • children where one of the parents has a disability from the first group;
  • families with or raising a child with a disability;
  • orphans and children left without parental care;
  • orphans, children left without parental care living in families;
  • children from families who need urgent help as a result of emergencies;
  • families who lost their homes as a result of environmental disasters, natural and man-made emergencies;
  • families of persons who have perished (deceased) during the performance of state or public duties, military service, during the preparation or execution of a flight into outer space.

At the same time, 10% of the total number of students admitted to the 7th grade will be the winners of the National Intellectual Olympiad from the rural schools “Myn bala”.

It is stated that children from socially vulnerable categories will be provided with food at the expense of budget funds by decision of local executive/representative bodies or management bodies of the educational organization, regardless of the form of ownership.

The order takes effect on August 10, 2022.

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