ArmInfo.A new formula for financing secondary educational institutions of the republic will begin to be applied in Armenia. At the October 31 meeting, the RA Government amended the decision of the executive body of 2006.
Explaining the draft amendments, RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Araik Harutyunyan noted that according to the current formula, financing of secondary schools of the republic is carried out based on the number of students, with the goal of increasing the level of competitiveness. However, a significant portion of schools are located in remote settlements, being the only educational institutions in each individual region. This problem is especially acute for rural schools. Due to their small size, they lose the ability to finance at the proper level. At the same time, financing is carried out through the redistribution of funds by the regional administrations and the Yerevan City Hall. According to the amendments, it is proposed to establish a requirement according to which the number of classes will be taken into account when the school is half full. This, according to the minister, is necessary to ensure adequate funding for the work of teachers, regardless of the number of students. In particular, we are talking about primary schools, in which there will be up to 72 students, primary schools - up to 162 students, secondary schools - up to 207 students, colleges and high schools - up to 135 students. For high- occupancy schools, previous funding mechanisms will be applied. The minimum wage for teachers is set at 100 thousand drams. In this case, the number of hours of teachers for whom the average rate is set at 22 hours per week will also be taken into account. With more hours, the salary will be above 100 thousand drams, but the minimum rate will remain. With an annual growth of teachers' salaries of 10% over the next 4 years, their salaries will be brought to the level of GDP per capita. It is also envisaged to exclude the distribution of financial resources, since for each particular school the necessary amounts of funding will be established. It is also proposed to exclude compensation for baby food in primary school, since this provision is spelled out in the state budget as a separate line.