A procedure for evaluating teaching staff will be changed in Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Enlightenment reports. Thus, teachers with 30 years of experience, as well as those with a category under the new certification system, may be exempted from taking qualification testing. They will take part only in the second stage and submit a portfolio. The relevant department also proposes to exempt from evaluation teachers who have only four years left until retirement. Those who wish to upgrade their category will be able to pass the test with everyone. The second stage will undergo changes as well. It is planned to significantly reduce the number of documents and create an electronic portfolio for each teacher with all relevant information. There will also be such a concept as “Trainee teacher”. Young mentee entering the profession for the first time will be hired for one year.