Armenian Education System to Gain European Standards

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The European Union has allocated 600,000 euros to Armenia to implement radical reforms in the system of higher education.

Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchian emphasized during the June 14 board meeting of the ministry that after implementing these reforms–the higher education system of Armenia will procure European trends. Currently–the education systems of the CIS countries are gradually gaining such trends.

After entering the Council of Europe–Armenia is taking certain steps towards the European system of education–especially taking into consideration the existence of a number of problems in the education system on the whole–in particular in the systems of higher and secondary education.

Levon Mkrtchian said that among the problems of higher education–the quality is a priority one–as well as the development of the two-step system of education and mutual recognition of documen’s and diplomas in the European territory.

According to the Minister–the secondary special education is on a "zero level" and needs to be totally reformed.

A Center for Estimation of knowledge will be founded with the funds of the World Bank credit for the implementation of educational programs–which will help to get rid of all the troubles connected with the entrance examinations.

The minister said that according to the program on cooperation in the sphere of education for 2002-2004 signed in Strasbourg–working visits will be held with European experts.

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