What a surprise!?
Just to kill two birds with one stone I'm going to do my homework and answer Maria's (from Poland) questions, guys. Don't you mind Kim? :)
You see, friends, yesterday I read a rating of World's best countries that has been published by the one American magazine. It says that Kazakhstan scored 14 out of 100 in the educational area. To be honest, people in my office were quite surprised as the majority of our population really doesn't consider the education system here to be such an excellent. But I may mistake as it's been almost five years since I graduated and 20 years since Kazakhstan got its independency. Maybe we judge too strictly? In the meantime, is it enough for the whole system to recover so quickly?
OK, friends, I'll try to explain what I mean. In 1991, when the USSR collapsed, the education system in Kazakhstan wasn't good as well as the whole situation. It was very bad, actually. You see, all of the educational institutions used to be under Moscow control. Of course there was a chaos after we got independency. Schools, universities and other institutions had a very poor financing and a half of them just were closed. But the situation began to change in the 1998-99th when the private universities were growing like mushrooms. It's true fact that almost all of them didn't have any license for their activities.
So, friends, I was unhappy to be taught at that kind of university. Now lots of graduates don't even be able to confirm their diploma as that university was closed. Thus they are not competitive at all, if you see what I mean. As far as I know having a Western diploma is a must for working on some big companies in Kazakhstan and making a good carreer. Doesn't it prove that our education is far from ideal? I just won't describe every aspect of that time. But, who knows, maybe it was just inevitable scenario for us as for the former member of the USSR (?).
So, Kazakhstani people tend to get a Western education for getting a better job. But only a few can afford it because it's quite expensive. The great thing is that in 1993 our President set up the "Bolashak" scholarship which gets an opportunity about 1,000 talented students to study abroad (just for comparison: there are 142,000 graduates in 2010 in Kazakhstan). We also have a variety of International Fellowship that makes the studying abroad possible for us as well.
On the other hand, there are some optimistic points. In fact many students from India, Pakistan and some other countries come to Kazakhstan to get the Medical education. Over the past few years lots of youth organizations in the education area have been set up. Honestly, we all believe that the situation is getting better. And I hope that the next generation of the Kazakhstani students will be far more lucky than I was.
Ok friends, I hope you'll share you point of view and the situation with education in your countries. I'd really want to know what is your attitude to this topic.
PS. Kim, I haven't used the example of "would" yet.
So here it is: In 2004 I was studying at the university. I would skip my last lectures because of the social work. :)