Teachers vs. Saakashvili21.01.2013 | 20:38
During Saakashvili's reign in Georgia 1900 teachers have died. Their death is in most cases associated with the lack of money, inability to buy medicines, stress and nervous strain. 31,000 teachers have debts to the banks, mortgaged houses, land, and jewelry at best. One hour of teaching is worth 78 tetri. This is the cost of 2 eggs. The teachers have found themselves in such an unenviable position in the era of Mikhail Saakashvili. That's why now they are particularly willing the president's resignation.
"As long as Saakashvili's head of state, the immorality dominates here", says the president of the Union for the rights of teachers of Georgia Gocha Gurgenidze and demands unconditional resignation of Saakashvili. In a conversation with us, he expressed his rather tough stance against the president and his party.
"We have one major problem! Saakashvili must leave! We are surprised at the opinion of some members of parliament. They are ready to forgive the "Nationals" everything they do. We demand the resignation of the president and declare publicly - such a government has never been in Georgia yet".
Georgia teachers fully agree with the position of Gocha Gurgenidze. During the reign of the "United National Movement" they got tired of insults; their rights are being constantly violated.
Gurgenidze calls the "Nationals" remaining in power "lurking jackals" and is confident that they "interfere with the work of the new government". He claims that they are writing libels and sending them abroad, bribing Europeans and Americans. "Saakashvili has committed an immoral act when in the presence of students he called the teachers "charitshilebi" (toilet drain). He is hangman of the XXI century, leaving the residents of Tbilisi without oxygen. He is mercilessly destroying the trees, baring Tbilisi. He has dug over and destroyed everything he could. In Zugdidi, in the courtyard of the palace of Prince Dadiani, he has destroyed ancient, unique trees. Everything is on his conscience. Without his knowledge, order, decree it was impossible. He ruled everything".
President of the Union for the rights of teachers of Georgia together with his team continues protecting the rights of teachers. "Prior to the elections we met with Bidzina Ivanishvili and thoroughly familiarized him with the way things are. I have a number of documents. In Georgia, the number of acting schools has decreased from 4,000 to 1,200. The classes consist of 40-45 students. In some villages, the secondary school was closed, children were transferred to the schools in neighboring villages. Where are the promised buses that must take pupils to school?"
Statistics cited by Gurgenidze is sad. "During 9 years more than 25,000 teachers were fired. 1900 teachers have died in recent years. Their deaths are associated with the lack of money, inability to buy medicines, stress and nervous strain. 31,000 teachers have debts, mortgaged the houses, land, and jewelry at best. Did you know that one hour of teacher's work is worth 78 tetri? This is the cost of 2 eggs. Lomaia, Minister of Education under Saakashvili, has embezzled 40 million GEL. After him, Gia Nodia has wasted 600 000 GEL, all with impunity. Saakashvili has turned the education system into a branch of the "National Movement", he has carried out absolute politicization, eliminated management, operating instructions, offices, district offices, and then "tackled" for the teachers. Preschool directors are his people, and he has raised their salaries to 1000 GEL. He has invented a new position - deputy national coordinator, who has no function besides spying and electoral fraud".
Startting from January, the salary in the country increases. It's funny, when Saakashvili calls Ivanishvili destroyer, while he has built 400 schools, restored 500 churches, literally saved intellectuals from starvation and raised up a church "Sameba", and the president simply appropriated all these achievements. Saakashvili abolished the nurses, doctors, psychologists, technicians, speech therapists, organizers in schools. He underestimated the role of such general disciplines like physical education, drawing and sketching. "National Movement" has taken away from us the whole generation. They did everything for tourism. While Georgian children grew under the care of the grandparents, since their parents were on earnings abroad. Minister of penal system Shashkin, as soon as he was appointed Minister of Education, introduced the institution of superintendents engaged in intimidation and recruitment of children.
Saakashvili has also eliminated orphanages and rehabilitation centers for sick children. In Georgia, there were more than 3,000 kindergartens and nurseries, and now there are only 800 of them. More than 6,000 distinguished workers of kindergartens have lost their jobs. Directors are the persons close to the "Nationals". Some kindergartens have been turned into the LLCs. It was one of the last unique initiatives of Saakashvili's government. There was one unprecedented case, when kindergarten was renamed into the "nursery canteen"; it was deprived of the function of a training institution and number. And the kindergartens under construction, which have not been sold, remained unfinished.