According to K. Baryktabasov, less than 10 percent of Kyrgyzstan schools have internet connections

April 29, 2014, 06:00

In Kyrgyzstan, less than 10% of schools are connected to the Internet said expert to analyze Kasim Baryktabasov at the April 29 roundtable "Situation Analysis of the Prospects for the Implementation of Open Educational Resources in Kyrgyzstan” in Bishkek.


According to Baryktabasov, due to the fact that the majority of teachers in schools is the people in old age, schools are unprepared for the introduction of innovative technologies and the use of e-learning materials. Meanwhile, even the lower grades students actively use the internet, tablets, smartphones, 3G and 4G technologies.


Baryktabasov noted that according to the latest data, there are more than 6 million Internet users in Kyrgyzstan including mobile users. "With a population of 5 million there are more than 6 million users. This is explained by the fact that many citizens have phones with two SIM cards," he explained.


Experts say that the mobile coverage reaches about 95% of the population; most people are able to use mobile Internet.


Meanwhile, he noted that the Internet is mainly used in large cities but is not very accessible in the regions.