YEREVAN, October 10. /ARKA/. The Armenian government has earmarked AMD 60 million for implementation of the education ministry’s pilot project for rating the country’s secondary schools and universities. The ministry launched this project this year.
“In fact, we have launched for the first time a system that will make it possible to spur competition among higher education establishments,” Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said. “In two years, private companies will get an opportunity to take part in the rating of education establishments. The ministry must control this process to ensure impartiality to it, since the rating will trigger great excitement.”
The premier said that time has come to remove government officials from higher education establishments’ boards - otherwise it will be very difficult to reach conformity to international standards.
The rating methodology has been developed by the education ministry’s specialists, who will rate Armenian schools and universities this year, but in the next years, if the pilot project is successful, this duty may be handed over to a private company which enjoys public confidence.
Some 1,435 secondary schools and 65 higher education establishments, of which 23 are state-owned, function in Armenia now. ($1 – AMD 406.20). ----0----