SHAVKAT MIRZIYOYEV: EXPANDING NON-GOVERNMENTAL KINDERGARTENS NETWORK IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE
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Another important issue is expansion of non-governmental kindergartens network on the basis of public-private partnership, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the meeting that was held on February 14, on the analysis of effectiveness of measures taken on reforming and developing preschool education system. Appropriate commercial banks and entrepreneurs in 2018 planned to build more than 3 thousand non-governmental kindergartens, designed for 222 thousand children. Of these, 1,2 thousand will be accommodated in new buildings, 1,360 in existing buildings, and 470 will be organized as home nursery schools.
It was noted that relevant activity has started in this area, but it is progressing slowly in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Khorezm and Navoi regions. Due to the lack of strategic thinking and understanding of public policy among some leaders, there are cases of privatization of functioning state kindergartens and transferring them to entrepreneurs, which causes justified and serious complaints of the population.
It was noted that it is necessary to transfer unused kindergartens to entrepreneurs with the condition of their repair and equipment.
There are also such “businessmen” who are building illusions about how, under the pretext of opening a private kindergarten, they can get a land and a building in a good place, preferential credit, and then, after a couple of years, use a constructed or renovated building for other purposes. Therefore, the khokimiyats, when making decisions on allocation of land and building for kindergartens, and banks – on granting a loan, should provide conditions under which such buildings for at least 15-20 years should be used as kindergartens.
A number of tasks on organization of private kindergartens on the basis of public-private partnership were defined at the meeting.