State University Directors Concerned About Future of Education

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Some new stipulations on the education bill will give rise to a new tide of bribery and have a negative effect on the students’ educational level–according to opinions expressed by the heads of state institutions of higher education in Armenia during a discussion of the above-mentioned bill Wednesday by the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Culture–Education–Science and Youth Affairs.

Director of Yerevan State University Radik Martirossian–Director of Yerevan Engineering University Aris Beglarian–and Director of Yerevan Medical University Viken Hakobian unanimously agree that–although considerably improved from its previous version–the bill still contains intolerable omissions and shortcomings. For example– the autonomy of state-owned schools should be restricted; a system must be introduced where foreign students who receive degrees outside of Armenia be accepted into the higher education system in Armenia; the status of diplomas issued by state-owned and private universities equaled; and university curricula must be approved by government bodies.

The meeting decided to discuss the directors’ proposals at a Committee meeting and finalize the Committee’s proposals and submit them to a plenary meeting of the Parliament during discussions of the bill.

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