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Dmitry Shashkin cheating first-graders2011-09-07 20:10
Georgia is pompously getting ready for a new school year starting September 15. Minister of Education Dmitry Shashkin known for his ability to skillfully destroy everything related to his department has told about the novelties awaiting the pupils. Things do sound perfect but reality differs drastically from these declarations as it is customary with Georgia.
Georgian schools are getting ready for a new school year that is to start in less than ten days - September 15. School fairs have been opened in all the towns for pupils and their parents to buy textbooks. The point is that the price is too high and the government is at a loss, saying it can do nothing about it.
As was stated by Minister of Education Dmitry Shashkin, the government has done its best to bring down the prices of the study materials for 1-6 forms to six dollars per book, or ten laris. "The price for some textbooks was reduced two or three times through the government's interference and it will be helpful to anyone. But we can do nothing about speculation. There will be those who will resale textbooks. However, the main thing is that people should know that 150 shops all over Georgia will sell books at the price of no more than 10 laris", - Shashkin said.
The price of 10 laris is presented by Georgian government and Dmitry Shashkin in particular as some great achievement, for which the people should shed tears of joy and gratitude. In fact, this sum will make a huge hole in the budget of an average Georgian family, considering that an average salary in the country is about 200-250 laris and sometimes even 120-150 laris.
Besides, one textbook is not enough and children need a lot of other things at school. And what if there is more than one child in a family? As simple arithmetic shows (though the officials seem to have failed to study it at school), all necessary school supplies for a child will require a one-month salary, not to mention two or three children.
Besides, the price was reduced only for 1-6 forms, remaining excessively high for the rest of children. Shashkin admitted that 10 laris is a price brought down "two or three times", which means books will cost 20-30 laris for senior students and a common Georgian family simply has no money to buy them.