Parliament appoints a new Minister of Education


During Friday’s session of Parliament, Professor G.Chuluunbaatar was appointed Minister of Education, Culture, Sciences, and Sports. After undergoing parliamentary review, MPs asked the newly appointed minister to deal with the challenges facing the educational sector, such as investigating how tests for secondary school students were leaked, resolving problems regarding teachers and students at special schools, and improving the quality of the education system.

Some MPs said that they hoped G.Chuluunbaatar would be well suited for tackling the critical issues facing the sector because of the quality experience he has gained from working in education for 29 years.

G.Chuluunbaatar has served as Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology, and Law of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS), Director of the National Academy of Governance, and Vice President of MAS. G.Chuluunbaatar emphasized that he will start working on the MPs’ concerns starting from the day he enters office. He said that he would learn more about how these challenges have arisen, make sure that education policy avoids failures, pursue mechanisms to improve the educational system, and find ways to improve human resources.

He noted that after determining the source of problems facing the sector, he will fix them
through the authority his position makes possible, and that he will ask Cabinet for assistance as needed. The newly appointed minister said that he will visit special schools to review their operations and to dismantle problems as soon as possible. He added that he will focus on carrying out university admissions tests without tests being leaked and other errors.

He highlighted that to improve the educational system as a whole, the government needs to carry out comprehensive and smart education policies. He promised to put forward a proposal for new policies after learning more about the policies that have been implemented in the sector thus far.

Professor G.Chuluunbaatar stressed that if the Government of Mongolia keeps executing inconsistent measures for developing its education system, arbitrary policies designed to deal with short-term challenges, Mongolia will not be able to have a competitive educational system.

He added that achievements in culture and sports are of significant importance to promoting the nation abroad, so he will focus on promoting these arenas as well as success in education. He noted that something has to be done to reduce overwhelmingly large class sizes, and to invest in improving the quality of curricula, innovative research, and competitiveness.