2015-2016 academic year kicks off with Chinggis Square celebration


September 1 kicked off the start of the 2015-2016 academic year with celebrations across the country and an oath taking ceremony at Chinggis Square.
Yesterday, the streets of Ulaanbaatar were filled with the chit chat of reunited and new classmates, and parents holding the hands of their well-dressed small children, who were excited to experience a new journey in their lives.
Yesterday, 1,000 students took part in the Mongolian Student’s Union’s fifth oath taking ceremony hosted at Chinggis Square. Prime Minister Ch.Saikahnbileg; Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences L.Gantumur; and President of the Mongolian Student’s Union D.Batbayar took part in the ceremony to deliver remarks. Over 20,000 freshmen and new students have enrolled in schools for the 2015-2016 academic year.
On the same day, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj gave his seventh broadcast lesson to children across the nation, given under the theme “Cleanliness is next to godliness”. The President’s lesson was aired by Mongolian National Broadcaster, UBS, HD Mongol, and MNC TV.
Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg took part in the opening ceremony of the academic year at School No. 33. Wishing all of School No.33′s students and teachers success in learning, the Premier pointed out that the government has approved a national program called “Right Mongolian Children” to aid in the development of every child. Sub-programs have been designed for pre-school, primary, and basic education, the Premier underlined, adding that many works will be realized for improving education.
The Premier stated that 539,000 pupils study in 799 secondary schools around the country, and 64,300 of these students enrolled in 1st grade in the 2015-2016 academic year. He also noted that work will continue to create 200 internationally-accepted physics laboratories, and 25,000 laptops will be given to teachers, and 11,340 personal computers will be given to students as part of the Education for a New Century project.

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