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Georgia’s education priority: swords out!2010-07-26 19:36
In recent years, Georgia has looked like a large experimental platform for the young and untutored government to learn to rule the country. Such experiments especially damaged the educational system. Yesterday, the president announced it a strategic priority in further improvement of the state. However, no use expecting any wonders when the educational operation is performed with the dirty hands of reformer-surgeons.
Mikhail Saakashvili's team started reforming the educational system since the very first day. Several years later, the president admitted that the administration has been headed by "blockheads who made many mistakes".
One could assume that he would no more stand any unlucky reformers in the Ministry of Education, but no. Destructive changes in the educational system resemble an avalanche. By the twist of fate, it is former head of the criminal system Dmitriy Shashkin who started making experiments there; we already told about the prison methods the new minister uses to maintain discipline in schools. http://www.georgiatimes.info/articles/38778.html
Shashkin also introduced certification for teachers. Teachers' unions tried to resist it, foreseeing mass dismissals, but in vain. Their protest actions were supported by the oppositional parties but the reform crushed down the public opinion as a bulldozer. This month, both the graduates and silver-headed wisemen had to undergo re-examination like schoolchildren. Attendance of certification was 60 percent. Tomorrow, the first results of the experiment will be revealed at National Examination Center.
Once again, Saakashvili assured that there will be no mass dismissals in schools because of certification: it is just that those who pass the exam will get a higher salary.
Still, teachers and even headmasters started being dismissed. Under the pretext of insufficient qualification, local authorities get rid of those teachers who do not support the ruling United National Movement. GeorgiaTimes was told about it by one of the Laborites' leaders Paata Dzhibladze.
- Teachers having different political and other views who feel no fanaticism towards National Movement and Saakashvili are dismissed from schools. The dismissal is grounded by either expiration of contract, or age requirement, or qualification.
- Is there any data confirming dismissals?