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Naira Badalian

We have to admit that the existing education system does not ensure  the development of the country: PM discusses draft law "On Higher  Education and Science" 

We have to admit that the existing education system does not ensure  the development of the country: PM discusses draft law "On Higher  Education and Science" 

ArmInfo.  A meeting was held  heased by the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, at which  the draft law "On Higher Education and Science" and the proposed  changes were presented.

According to the press service of the Prime Minister, Pashinyan noted  the important and fundamental importance of the bill. According to  him, the need to develop such a bill arose, first of all, due to the  fact that there are serious problems in the education system. "I must  admit that our education system does not ensure the development of  our country, our people, does not satisfy the aspirations of our  people," he said.  According to the prime minister, the government  will act decisively in this matter, and is ready to make fundamental  and consistent changes. 

However, according to the head of government, the executive branch is  not the only source of truth. "One thing is clear - it cannot go on  like this, but we must set the task not only to reform the system in  such a way that it ensures the natural course of our development, but  also to reduce lost time as much as possible," Pashinyan said.  As  the prime minister pointed out, it is important to involve as many  specialists in the field as possible - to listen to them and extract  the rational in order to make the reforms most productive. Minister  of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Araik Harutyunyan, in turn,  said that the bill provides for the integration of higher education  and science, the transition to a single-stage system of awarding  academic degrees, and the full implementation of a three-stage system  of higher education, replacing full-time and part-time forms training  in full or partial workload. It is also planned to implement  educational programs or individual courses in foreign languages,  introduce new principles and mechanisms for admission to universities  and non-politicized university management.

Within the framework of the document, as the Minister pointed out, it  is also planned to introduce new financing mechanisms for higher  education and science, autonomous management of universities and  scientific organizations, stimulate the rejuvenation of the staff,  entrust the university with the authority to teach the disciplines  "Armenian language", "Armenian literature" and " history of Armenia.  " The Prime Minister noted the importance of a comprehensive  discussion of the bill with all interested parties, emphasizing that  as a result it is necessary to find a conceptual solution to the  problems existing in the education and science system.

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