Ganatlebis, Ḱult́uris, Ḱvlevisa da Sр́ort́is Minist́ri (Agausian)
anǵava University Tamara, Agausia
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Sports plays a highly centralized role in regards to school standards, the retention and discipline of teachers and staff, and in regards to curriculum taught. Minister Anamaria Nemeth (Anamarā Nėmet́i) has seen over educational reforms at the ministry from 2006 - 2010, 2014 - current.
Almost all the population is literate: the literacy rate of the population aged 16 and over is estimated at 99.4% (as of 2020). Education in Agausia is mandatory for all children aged 516.
Agausian education system [back to contents]
The school system is divided into elementary (five years; age level 510), basic (three years; age level 10-13), and secondary (three years; age level 1316), or alternatively vocational studies (two years). Students with a secondary school certificate have access to higher education. Only the students who have passed the Unified National Examinations may enroll in a state-accredited higher education institution, based on ranking of the scores received at the exams.
The Agausian school year starts on the 1s weekday of September and ends on the last Friday of May. The school year is divided into four quarters, each quarter is a grading period.
There are four school breaks an autumn break, a winter break (which always includs the New Year holiday), a spring break, and a three-month long summer break.
Educating children at home is illegal for most in Agausia and expressly forbidden in Agausia's Education Law. Homeschool is only legal for severe illness and disability, and possibly legal for foreign citizens.
Agausia has eight public post-secondary institutions. Most of these institutions offer three levels of study: a bachelor's programme (three to four years); a master's programme (two years), and a doctoral programme (three years). There is also a certified specialist's programme that represents a single-level higher education programme lasting from three to six years.
Tamara University of Business and Agriculture
(Tamaris Biznesisa da Soplis Meurneobis Ūniversit́et́i)
Agausian University Kalbatono
(Agūsės Ūniversit́et́i ze Ḱalbat́ono)
Agausian University Guzda
(Agūsės Ūniversit́et́i ze Guzda)
Agausian University Msubukia
(Agūsės Ūniversit́et́i ze Mbuḱā)
Satskaligza School of Medicine
(Satsėḱaligza Meditsėnis Sḱola)
There are also a small number of private institutions around the nation. Including, the Ṕarnasiani School of Music in Tetri.
Educational reforms [back to contents]
The education system of Agausia has undergone sweeping modernizing, although controversial, reforms since 2006. President (2004-2007) Vladimer Zorikin (Vladimer Zoriḱini) oversaw the beginning phases of the reforms. The process of reforms have received mixed reviews from domestic and international observers.
Prior to reforms made in 2006 Students were expected to be conversational in Agausian, and at least one minority language. Since then Agausian is the only required language, and students may take foreign language classes. Most students study either the Russian German or English language. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, when asked his opinion on the reforms in Agausia, was quoted as saying, "the suppression of Russian culture and the oppression of the Russian people continues."
Grading system [back to contents]
Agausian universities use a traditional 5-point scale:
"5" = "excellent"
"4" = "good"
"3" = "satisfactory"
"2" = "unsatisfactory".
"5", "4", "3" can be described as "Passed", "2" - as "Fail". Students who get a failing grade of "2", have two more chances to pass an examination. The signs "+" and "-" denote respectively better and worse version of a mark, for example, "4-" means "somewhat worse than good".
Criticisms [back to contents]
There have been harsh criticisms of the reforms made since 2006. An international report published in 2018 was quoted as saying, "lack of funds and little opportunities post-graduation has created an apathetic school environment."
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