It has already been 2 years that the trainings have been organized and the final evaluation of trainings has been conducted for persons working in management positions in secondary schools of the capital and for those who want to work in the future.
With the exception of Baku, the new directors were appointed for 229 secondary schools in regions and cities until March 2015, and the new directors were appointed for 24 secondary schools in Baku and for 104 secondary schools in other cities and regions in September 2015. Thus, the number of newly appointed directors of secondary schools throughout the country has reached to 357 in the last one year. It should be noted that the directors of secondary schools in other cities and regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan are selected by the interview commission.
During the meeting, Mikayil Jabbarov, Minister of Education, congratulated the school principals, appointed through a competitive and transparent selection, and said he had very high hopes for them. He also mentioned that the main qualities expected from the newly appointed directors are creating a transparent academic environment, initiative, acquiring new skills in management and understanding the role of school as an important element of society. For this purpose, it is important to approach the process through the way of analysis and to pinpoint targets ahead of each school.
The main purpose of significant reforms conducted in the field of education is to achieve further increase of knowledge, skills and professional abilities of the graduates of school and the citizens formed by school. The expected results of innovations and reforms in education are directly dependent on the activities of school principals: "A healthy citizen can not be formed in an unhealthy environment. We must train a qualified and worthy citizen. The opinion of learners, parents, in general, society is formed as a result of your activity. For this purpose, there is a great need for bilateral relationship and communication established with society through healthy-based parent committees".
The Minister noted that the academic performance has significantly improved in the country's education and the average score for admission to higher education institutions has significantly increased in the last 3 years: "It is the result of paying enough attention to teaching performance. School should prepare pupils not only for higher education but also for life, and should develop them as a citizen. However, the learner should understand the challenges of the period in which he (she) lived and learn to approach the challenges from the point of view of citizenship. Currently, the issues related to the occupied territories, which are our biggest problem, should be reflected constantly in both academic and extracurricular activities".
It should be noted that the Ministry of Education organized trainings in collaboration with Azerbaijan State Economic University, Qafqaz University, Khazar University and UNICEF for persons working in management positions in secondary schools and for those who want to work in these positions in the future and as a result of these trainings, 162 people were trained in the academic year 2014-2015.