Number of computers in Azerbaijani schools increased
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 9 / Trend H. Veliyev /
The number of computers for students has increased within the State Program of Informatization of the Azerbaijani Educational System over 2008-2012, the Minister of Education, Misir Mardanov, said in an interview with journalists at a press conference, opening the third international exhibition, "Education and Careers."
The Minister of Education said that before there had been one computer for 29 students, and now this figure reduced to 26.
The Ministry has completed the project connecting 20 schools in Baku to the fiber-optic network, which links the Ministry of Education and General Educational Administration of Baku.
The number of schools connected to the network will reach 50 till late 2009.
It will connect schools to high-speed Internet. The operations are being implemented within the "E-School" pilot project.
The main purpose of the project is to create a unified educational information sphere to improve the quality of education using IT and Azerbaijan's integration into the global system of education. It will effectively manage Azerbaijani education system and facilitate contact with educational institutions of foreign countries through a global network.
At present, the first phase of operations to create an educational portal has been completed. Functions of the portal allow access to four user groups: teachers, pupils, students and parents. Special interface was determined for each of them.
The minister said that there are approximately 300 e-text books in the portal now available for teachers.
20,000 teachers will be trained in the new technology till late 2009.
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