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Ilia II comes to defense of school principals2010-11-16 19:04
Education minister Dmitry Shaskin's severe actions are in full contradiction with his charitable nature, as Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II stated expressing hope that the principals dismissed in the aftermath of school protests would be reinstated in former positions. So far, however, Shashkin seems to be hiding his kind heart somewhere high on an oak tree in a box with a hare inside. Educating youths with methods he applies is good only to the teachers' and scholars' trade union satisfied with iron discipline in schools while House Of Free Thought experts call for the minister's resignation.
The head of Georgian clergy expressed support to the principals sacked from schools of Tbilisi. It was punishment for their pupils' participation in protest rallies against qualifying exams.
"I know minister Shashkin well: he is a charitable and noble person. I am certain he will bring the principals back to schools", - Catholicos Patriarch stated recently. He is greatly concerned over developments in educational institutions: "Scholars, not officials must plan academic activity".
Still, the patriarch does not want to encourage laziness among young people who took part in "non-achievers' revolution" one week ago calling them not to waste time and read books since PCs and TV are not enough for personal growth.
Schoolgoers reject introduction of 8 final exams they will have to take in addition to 4 more exams to enter college. At the time of Alexander Lomaya, former Education Minister, requirements to schoolgoers were so low that current severization proposed by Dmitry Shashkin is viewed as a draconian measure particularly by those who have been idling for the past 5 years and now have to make up for lost time.
Suddenly emerging knowledge gaps are filled with the help of tutors. This is a heavy blow to family budgets forcing parents to join their children's protest.
The opposition too wanted to join in. Still, there was a demand not to interfere in order to keep political and educational issues apart. But the conflict did become political in the end.
The next day after the "non-achievers' revolution" schools principals whose pupils attended the rally started sending in resignations. Almost all of them agreed to become part of Tbilisi's army of the unemployed without arguing. Only Maia Giorgadze, principal of school 149 tried to resist. She was summoned to the Education Ministry for an appropriate reprimand.