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Early childhood teacher shortages in Kyrgyzstan

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Since the country’s independence, Kyrgyzstan has been trying to rebuild the state’s infrastructure to provide financial and social services to its constituents. The hardest hit education sector was early childhood education. In the last decade, the government has revitalized its commitment to the country’s youngest children, with over double the number of children attending preschools in 2009 than in 2004. However, the resources available in preschools have not increased as quickly. Taking the 10+1 indicators to measure teachers shortages in the basic education sector (UNICEF, 2009), this study looks at the teacher quality by evaluating the teacher shortages in 10 preschools in the country. Using quantitative data from the Ministry of Education, as well as qualitative data from preschool directors, teachers, parents, and ministry officials, the report calculates the severity of the shortage of teachers in the education sector that is fundamental for children’s foundational development. Moreover, the study details the various survival strategies employed by preschools to handle teacher shortages. The analysis sheds light on the severity of the issues and its implications on quality education at the early childhood level. Finally, some recommendations are offered to help improve the supply and quality of preschool teachers in Kyrgyzstan.
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Gowani, Saima. "Early childhood teacher shortages in Kyrgyzstan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486586_index.html>

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Gowani, S. "Early childhood teacher shortages in Kyrgyzstan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486586_index.html

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Abstract: Since the country’s independence, Kyrgyzstan has been trying to rebuild the state’s infrastructure to provide financial and social services to its constituents. The hardest hit education sector was early childhood education. In the last decade, the government has revitalized its commitment to the country’s youngest children, with over double the number of children attending preschools in 2009 than in 2004. However, the resources available in preschools have not increased as quickly. Taking the 10+1 indicators to measure teachers shortages in the basic education sector (UNICEF, 2009), this study looks at the teacher quality by evaluating the teacher shortages in 10 preschools in the country. Using quantitative data from the Ministry of Education, as well as qualitative data from preschool directors, teachers, parents, and ministry officials, the report calculates the severity of the shortage of teachers in the education sector that is fundamental for children’s foundational development. Moreover, the study details the various survival strategies employed by preschools to handle teacher shortages. The analysis sheds light on the severity of the issues and its implications on quality education at the early childhood level. Finally, some recommendations are offered to help improve the supply and quality of preschool teachers in Kyrgyzstan.


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