YEREVAN, August 28. /ARKA/. Armenia’s education and science ministry has already prepared a package of higher education reforms, Armen Ashotyan, the education minister, said on Wednesday.
He told journalists that the ministry’s officials presented the package to President Serzh Sargsyan as met him today.
The reformation includes the tuition-free education opportunity, incentives for best-performing students and bills improving payment-setting powers and empowering the government to set tuition size ceiling.
Ashotyan said that the package also implies specification of preferences for students and points those social categories eligible to enjoy the preferences.
“We remain steadfast in thinking that well-performing students shouldn’t be left without any chance for education because of social problems,” he added.
Student lending was discussed at the meeting as well. The ministry officials and the president stressed that student lending should be popularized.
Speaking about some groups of students protesting increase in tuitions, the minister said concerned officials are intensively communicating with them.
In 2013/2014 academic year, tuition fees rose by 80,000-200,000 drams (about $200-500) in the Yerevan State University and the State Engineering University of Armenia triggering backlash from on the students’ side.
Annual tuition fees range from 300,000 to 700,000 drams (about $740-1,720) now in the Yerevan State University and from 100,000 to 204,000 (about $246-500) in the State Engineering University of Armenia.
Sixteen state-owned and 35 private universities function in Armenia now. In addition, several universities operate in the country under international agreements. The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, the American University of Armenia and the French University of Armenia are among them. ---0---