Music Schools Under Threat of Closing

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Teachers and principals of Yerevan’s musical schools gathered at the Journalists’ House on September 7 to protest against a recent decision of the parliament that raised the obligatory paymen’s to the Pensions Fund from 2,500 drams (about $5) to about 5000 drams (about $10). This changes the teachers’ salaries to equal 18,000 drams (about $40).

"In two years there will be no musical schools in Yerevan because the parliament decision will force 2,700 teachers to leave the schools and search for other jobs," they complained.

The teachers have sent complaints to the parliament speaker and even to the president–but no reaction has so far followed. "Who is going to listen to our complaints?" they asked–adding that the parliament’s decision plays into the hands of "tough guys" who are looking forward to buying the buildings of the schools and turning them into casinos.

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