A crude story on oil-rich Kazakhstan is unfair

1st June 2012 at 01:00

I am sure your journalist is a lovely person and I would have probably been able to tell if she had travelled to Kazakhstan to do any first-hand research into her piece on the development of education here. But, sadly, her inability to carry out real journalism and preference to sit in the comfort of a UK office mean not only that we have never met but that she produces a stereotypical piece of writing, with little thought for the people and processes in this country. She also devalues the important work that British teachers and companies do here.

There are more than 30 international teachers here, admittedly not all British, who are working in a range of subjects across the country. One set of quotes in the article were cut and pasted from written questions, and without the journalist's interjections paint a more positive image than the article sets out to do.

Berating the head of state when it comes to education is unfair. The vision, coupled with the wealth, makes for greater investment in education, and the stability of the country's political system ensures that longer-term projects are allowed to last their course rather than being stopped by government whims. As for a president naming almost everything after himself and then quoting two linked institutions, that seems a little harsh.

The Baiterek Tower - "a 300-foot statue of a poplar tree embracing an egg" - is symbolic here and is a bit like calling Buckingham Palace a big council house. I expect better, TES.

Gareth Stamp, Astana, Kazakhstan.

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