YEREVAN, August 23. /ARKA/. Expenses for equipping a first-year schoolchild with everything necessary for school will amount to at least $100, excluding sportswear, Vilen Khachatryan, an economist, told journalists on Saturday.
He said that ahead of holidays, as a rule, prices for goods relating to these holidays grow. The same goes with school appliances – the closer September 1, the higher prices.
“This largely depends on purchasers’ approach – to buy all the necessary appliances at once and traders’ wish to gain as much as possible immediately,” Khachatryan said.
This is also connected with many economic entities’ disability to set up long-term plans and marketing. They could sell the same goods over a longer period of time without any difficulty.
Armen Poghosyan, chairman of the Armenian Consumers Association, on his side, said that the population’s solvency remains quite low amid the growing prices.
“It is important to think not only about material problems, but also about implanting spiritual and cultural values into schoolchildren’s minds,” he said.
Poghosyan also pointed out the necessity of border certification of goods stressing that many school appliances are shoddy.
“Certification was once made immediately after examination of imports on borders, and shoddy goods are barred from entering the country, while now, after legislative changes, certification is made in shops or not made at all very soon,” he said.
Some 10,500 children enrollment applications are already submitted to Yerevan’s elementary schools. In 2013, the capital’s elementary schools enrolled 11,700 children.
Yerevan has 159 municipal schools, which were attended by 79,017 students in the 2013-2014 academic year. ---0----