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Georgian teachers to be paid for knowledge of English2011-01-19 14:47
Georgian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Shashkin reported that the teachers who have undergone certification will get a raise to their salary.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Rosbalt, the minister said that the main criteria in the exams to be passed by Georgian teachers will be the knowledge of English and computer competency.
In her turn, Director for National Examination Center Maya Miminoshvili underlined that any teacher may take part in the exam regardless of specialization and the subject taught. English test will include the search of information on a specified topic and further preparation of a presentation. The presentation may be done in Georgian for, according to Miminoshvili, the exam is mainly aimed at revealing the level of English text comprehension by Georgian teachers.
The exams are scheduled for April 2011. Those teachers who pass the test will get a 200-lari raise.
It should also be noted that earlier, Dmitry Shashkin reported the launch of a new civil education and teachers training program (ACETT).
The program is to be sponsored by the US government and will be aimed at increasing the education level in Georgian schools and assisting the involvement of the young in democratic processes.
In all, about 500 Georgian schools are to take part in it. The total cost of the program is about 2,7 million US dollars.
Let us remind you that an education program has been realized in Georgia, under which several hundreds of foreign teachers were to arrive in the country, including those from the USA. They were invited to Georgia in the context of the Teach and Learn With Georgia state project initiated in July 2010.
It should also be noted that the initiative of the Georgian government caused disapproval of the public organizations and Georgian opposition. Mikheil Saakashvili's opponents claim that many foreign teachers have got no proper education and are adherents of various sects.