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Experiment with e-textbooks in schools ended bad, - Minister of Education

Source : 112 Ukraine

The main problem occurred at the stage of procurement
18:19, 20 January 2020

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Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Anna Novosad said that the experiment on the use of electronic educational materials in pilot schools ended bad, due to the unsatisfactory quality of electronic educational materials; but it will be resumed in the future. Novosad stated this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

"We had such an experiment; it ended and it ended negatively. This is an instructive story for us and for the education system. Let's just say: the idea was correct. Before you introduce such a popular phrase as an electronic textbook, you need to pilot it," Novosad said.

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According to the minister, as part of the experiment, tablets were purchased for a thousand schools, but the main problem was at the stage of purchasing electronic textbooks.

"The ministry announced a competition, but the fact that the manufacturers handed it to us is just awful. I personally reviewed all these textbooks - this is an awful thing that must be hidden and not shown to anyone else. I can’t allow this to be purchased for public funds and end up in schools. This can’t be called electronic educational materials - it's just some kind of PDFs with the sound attached from time to time, somewhere a figure that is moving, and they are trying to sell us for millions of hryvnias," she stated.

Novosad stressed that with such materials, the quality of training will not change at all.

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 In this regard, at the end of 2019, she decided to suspend the holding of this competition.

 At the same time, the minister noted that the experiment on piloting electronic textbooks will be resumed.

 "We will make a second attempt. This year we again pledged money for electronic textbooks and now we must prepare new regulatory documents and new requirements for the examination of these textbooks, as well as start a dialogue with manufacturers," - Novosad said.

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When asked whether it is already possible to say how effective this method is compared to traditional teaching, the minister replied that she had not yet seen a study that showed that the use of electronic textbooks dramatically improves the educational achievements of students.

As we reported, teachers who work in Russian-language schools will undergo the extension courses in order to switch to Ukrainian as the working language.

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