NEWS AND EVENTS
November 30, 2015
State Programme to improve activity of children\'s music and art schools to be adopted
Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved the State Programme to further improve the activity of children\'s music and art schools in 2016-2020.
The state program provides for the construction, major maintenance and modernization additionally of 98 children music and art schools with capacity of 14.7 thousand pupils. These schools will be equipped with 28.2 thousand units of training equipment and inventory, 11.7 thousand units of musical instruments, 57.2 thousand units of computers and other equipment and furniture.
The state program aims to introduce a differentiated system of payment for teaching in schools of music and art, including a reduction in tuition fees for musical direction in Tashkent up to 75% of the minimum wage, in the regional centers - up to 50%, and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and other settlements - up to 30%, and for art direction up to 50%, 30% and 20% of the minimum wage respectively; exemption from payment of the annual contribution by international winners (1-3 places) and national (1st place) competitions, when teaching 2 or more children from the same family tuition fee of each child is established in the amount of 70% of the fixed amount.
Resolution of the head of state identified that the sources of financing for the construction, major maintenance and equipment of children\'s music and art schools will come from:
- Children\'s Sports Development Fund under the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
- Off-Budget Fund for reconstruction, major maintenance and equipment of schools, professional colleges, academic lyceums and medical institutions under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
- Concessional foreign loans and grants, charitable investments of legal entities and individuals, as well as other sources not prohibited by law.
In addition, according to the decree, musical instruments and special equipment imported for strengthening material and technical base of children\'s music and art schools within the State program to further improve the activity of children\'s music and art schools in 2016-2020 on lists approved by the Cabinet of Ministers are exempt of customs duties until January 1, 2021 (except for fees for customs clearance).
It should be noted that as a result of the implementation of the State program to strengthen material-technical base and further improve the activity of children\'s music and art schools in 2009-2014, 278 children\'s music and art schools with modern teaching equipment and musical instruments were put into operation in the regions. As a result, the capacity of children\'s music and art schools increased by 1.2 times compared to 2008, the teaching staff - by 1.3 times, the number of students - by 1.5 times. During that period, young talented musicians and performers of the republic won 441 prizes at the prestigious international competitions.