Turkmen Schools Lack Teachers
Turkmenistan’s state controlled newspapers, including Daşoguz habarlary, publish many job postings for mathematics, chemistry, and biology teachers. Turkmenistan’s schools have been lacking teachers, especially for these subjects, for many years now. Mathematics teachers are in highest demand, not only in rural areas, but also in cities. One of the reasons for this situation is corruption.
Turkmen Schools Lack Textbooks
In 2010 Turkmenabad’s special services uncovered a network of criminals, who sold new school textbooks at the markets, instead of giving them to schools. Turkmenistan’s schools have been experiencing a shortage of textbooks for years. For an average class of 27 – 33 students there are about four or five textbooks, and a teacher often spends most of the class writing the contents of the textbooks on the blackboard. The textbooks that students have are worn out and missing pages. Neither the criminal proceedings nor the trial (which led to mild punishments, such as fines) has changed the situation: there are still not enough textbooks, especially for chemistry, physics, mathematics, and geography. This is typical in all of Turkmenistan’s regions. Currently, textbooks are not sold openly on the markets anymore, but they can still be found for good money.
Russian and German Oncologists to Hold Regular Master Classes in Turkmenistan
Leading oncologists and endocrinologists from Germany and Russia will visit Turkmenistan every month to provide free consultations for Turkmen patients, and to give master classes, and lectures and conduct workshops for their Turkmen counterparts. Taking advantage of telemedicine, Turkmen doctors will establish regular contacts with their colleagues from leading cancer centers in Germany and Russia. In addition, specialists from the Oncology Center, as well as medical establishments in Ashgabat and from the provinces will be trained at the Russian Cancer Research Center named after Blokhin of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences within one year.
Turkmenistan Held Doctor Contest
Every year Turkmenistan holds a “Best Doctor of the Year” contest on the eve of the anniversary of the State Health Program Declaration and the Day of Health and Medical Industry, celebrated on July 21. This year, contest finalists competed in three categories: presentations on the achievements of the national health system; making diagnosis and prescribing treatment based on a written description of symptoms; and comic performances describing the work of a doctor.
Turkmenistan’s Universities and Vocational Schools Receive Applications
On July 9, Turkmenistan’s universities and vocational schools began receiving admission applications, reported Turkmenistan’s State Information Agency (TDH). This year the national universities will accept 5766 students, which is 711 more than last year. The New State Architecture and Construction Institute, as well as the State Oil and Gas Institute, will receive students for the first time. Applications are to be filed by July 28; exams and testing will begin on August 1st.
Turkmenfilm to Hold Premier of Three Feature Films
Turkmen state movie association Turkmenfilm is preparing to show three feature films: a lyrical comedy “The song of Avaza,” about students who travelled to the city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea; “A horse – my wings,” about relationships between generations; and “Student’s life,” about modern youth, their interests, hobbies, strivings, prospects and possibilities.