Ihar Karpenka appointed minister of education

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on December 15 appointed Ihar Karpenka, leader of the Communist Party of Belarus, to serve as minister of education in succession to Mikhail Zhurawkow.

While speaking to Mr. Karpenka on Thursday, the Belarusian leader noted that he had been selected from among many candidates.

“There is no need to persuade you that our state is ideologically oriented,” Mr. Lukashenka said, according to the government’s news agency BelTA.

The head of state described Mr. Karpenka as a “progressive” man who has huge experience in the social sphere, primarily in the education sector, and had a clear idea of what Belarus’ education system should be.

“Unfortunately, my directives with regard to education have not yet been implemented in full, and it is you who will have to implement all this,” Mr. Lukashenka said.

Born in Novokuznetsk, in Russia’s Kemerovo province, in 1964, Mr. Karpenka graduated as a teacher of history, social science and the English language from Minsk State Teacher Training Institute, and from the International Relations department of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

Mr. Karpenka served as a full-time official of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (Komsomol) and vice rector for educational and social work at Maksim Tank Teacher Training University.

Mr. Karpenka was a member of the House of Representatives for eight years, chairing the House’s standing Committee on International Affairs.
Prior to his new appointment, he had served as deputy head of the Minsk City Executive Committee since July 2011, being in charge of ideological, social, educational, health and cultural affairs.

Mr. Karpenka has been first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus since October 2012.

Mr. Zhurawkow, a former professor at Belarusian State University, had served as minister of education since December 2014.