Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports Working on Improving EIT Questions

Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Yarema Bachynskiy, Director of the Ukrainian Standardized External Testing Initiative Alliance (USETI Alliance) and representatives from leading establishments of higher education in Ukraine participated in a conference.

"It is worth mentioning that the cooperation, which exists between the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports (MoESYS) and Alliance USETI is quite practical.  I am happy to take part in these discussions.  We focus on listening to one another, understanding each other's arguments and the goals we set for ourselves.  This discourse allows us to understand the issues which we need to resolve," said Yevhen Sulima.

According to Mr. Sulima the MoESYS believes that improving the quality of the tests is of utmost importance.

"We no longer debate the necessity of implementing testing or how the tests should be conducted; today the public is demanding high quality tests.  In response to public demand the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment has been instructed to work on this issue.  Without a doubt, the Ministry will respond to the public demands that the quality of test questions improves," emphasized the interim Minister.

Mr. Sulima stressed that it is "necessary to move forward; the experience we've amassed since 2007 indicates how we should further develop the system of independent testing."

Additionally Mr. Sulima noted that "today we understand that the test is better suited to HEIs.  It can become the mechanism which evaluates the preparedness of HEI applicants when HEIs are given more autonomy; higher scores can be required for those applying to research universities."




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