Government Subsidizing Education Costs for Students from Border Villages

Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan (Source: ArmeniaNow)
Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan (Source: ArmeniaNow)

Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan (Source: ArmeniaNow)

YEREVAN (ARKA)—The Armenian government is devoting constant attention to school and university students from border villages, Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan said today during a parliamentary question and answer session.

According to Ashotyan, the prices of textbooks for school students in 15 border communities were cut by about 70 percent.

“Unfortunately, we cannot apply this in other communities due to lack of funds,” Ashotyan said.

Ashotyan also said that an average rural community family spends about 6,000 drams annually to buy textbooks, while textbooks for children of junior classes are free of charge, as the government covers all expenses.

Also, about 170 students from border regions had their tuition fees paid by the government. Ashotyan said the heads of all state-owned universities were told to cut the tuition fees of first-year students from 33 border communities by 10 percent.

Second and third-year students get a 20 percent discount, given good academic performance, said Ashotyan. Other special programs for students from border villages are also being implemented, Ashotyan said.

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