ArmInfo.Member of the ARF Supreme Council Artsvik Minasyan joined the protest against the initiative to exclude the Armenian language, literature and history of Armenia from the list of compulsory disciplines in universities. "This struggle is not for power, but for the preservation of national values," he said in an interview with reporters.
Noting that the actions of the RA Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports are illegal, the politician noted: "It is necessary for the whole nation to unit around these critical issues to show the authorities that the desire of the Armenian people to protect their national identity is not a momentary impulse".
"The ARF is on guard of national values, and will always support movements aimed at protecting them," Minasyan added. According to him, young people from about 20 countries of the world joined the appeal of support voiced by the Youth wing of the ARF. <This suggests that the issue is gaining a nationwide character>, - said the politician.
Earlier, RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Arayik Harutyunyan called the actions of the protesters politically motivated. The ministry explained that according to the working draft law "On Higher Education and Science", each university has the right to decide independently whether it is necessary to include Armenian discipline in the curriculum of non-core faculties. Thus, the bill not only does not diminish the role of the Armenian language, but, on the contrary, consolidates the dissemination of these important values and the training of relevant specialists.