Politics 15:25 20/10/2017 Armenia

Work-style of ministries: part five or Frankenstein's ‘spirit’ gripping Armenia

I do not know whether it is a matter of economy, disinclination or Frankenstein's ‘spirit’ has actually gripped Armenia.

The Armenian’s Government’s plan to create an “Armenian village’ in Yerevan for $100-150 million, aimed at presenting the tourists the color, culture and daily routine … of the Armenian villages is simply ‘killing’. We lack the capacity to show a living village so much that we are opening a village museum in the capital with huge spendings.

Regarding the capital, an “Old Yerevan” museum needs to be built to its memory, again with vast sums.

Instead of evaluating, preserving and loving the real life (do not say it as a tautology), we turn it into a corpse, with a noble intention to open a museum in parallel to it.

How is this different from Frankenstein mentality?

You would rather enliven the village: the inhabitants of villages will definitely have a lot to show. Or are you afraid the culture is completely gone? And the fear is not baseless, since when preparing series of articles on our village schools we wondered whether those people are optimistic and strong or have simply put up with the situation.

… You see, there are no trifles in economy, stewardship…even in the household: you do not open the tap, water will not flow or you hold the tap open, the water will flow so long as Veolia cuts it off, asking your forgiveness or even not bothering to do so…

The Parliament has recently released the list of those parliamentarians, who are paid for renting a house in Yerevan. Both the list and the phenomenon received tough criticism by media and social networks. On one hand, if there are MPs from regions, they need to rent apartments during the Parliament sessions if they do not want to come and go every day. On the other hand, the National Assembly definitely has no idea to dissolve, thus there will always be MPs from regions. Why does the parliament have permanent apartments adjunct to it to provide housing to those MPs and then take back when their mandate expires? Moreover, an apartment must be given on a condition the official must reside in it.

It would settle the housing issue and will eliminate all the talks whether this or that MP need a renting payment or not.

By the way, there was a half-constructed building rising on Baghramyan Street for years, standing, perhaps, as a symbol of an unfinished work.

… I am sure you remember Armenia’s Ministry of Education and Science decided to attach Russian copies to graduation certificates, receiving stormy responses across the country. In response, the minister argued: “We know that a considerable part of students leave for Russia to work there after graduating. This measure is aimed at freeing people from additional costs. Imagine you pay for each certificate to get the Russian copy. It has always been so.”

We submitted an inquiry to the ministry, asking if it would be more appropriate not to hand the insert, waiting for the graduates to choose the country they want to leave for. Not every graduate need a foreign language insert, thus we proposed to give the insert those students who apply for it, again in the required language and free of charge, which would also stop the grounded claims that the Armenian Ministry of Science and Education propagates the Russian language in Armenia and encourages students to study in Russia.

The reply was once again disappointing. Regarding the excess costs, the ministry said that the certificates are obtained ‘once a year, in the manner prescribed by the RA law on “Procurements’”. The Russian copies were justified with ‘the existence of state general educational institutions operating in Russian’, which was not mentioned by the minister. There came another completely irrelevant reply, saying the higher educational certificate is filled out exclusively in Armenian, adding no supplementary fees are demanded to attach a Russian language sheet to the secondary education certificate.”

How does it matter? Should the Ministry of Education and Science necessarily be the one to give inappropriate responses to the questions? The previous law was adopted in 2010. A new minister has been appointed from a different party. What is the problem to look back with a critical approach, taking rational measures?

Another issue refers to the regular optimization: schools are closed, teachers are left jobless. Is the main reason the lack of financial resources? If this is the case, why are we switching to the 12-year education system? What is the optimization based on? Tell me it is required by Bologna Declaration and I will say you have failed to study it. To meet the requirements of European universities does not imply to study 12 years in a class of 30 school students in a neglected regional school.

This is the reason behind the poor conditions of the village schools. There are only one-two schools, that are shown off every time.

A school museum.

That is why instead of dealing with small, important, everyday affairs, the country pursues a policy of bringing the corpse back to life.



Source Panorama.am
Share |

Related news

Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

20:24
FM says if Azerbaijan has the ability to negotiate, Armenia is more than ready
If the other party has the ability to negotiate, we are more than ready, Armenia’s FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said on Wednesday at the Q/A...
19:53
Armenia elected chair of UNESCO IBE steering committee
On November 21, within the scope of the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference, Armenia was elected as a member of the UNESCO...
19:44
Around 42 thousand tourists visited Artsakh last year
Around 42 thousand foreign tourists arrived in Artsakh in 2019, the Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Tourism Lernik Hovhannisyan of the...
19:03
Pashinyan ensures law enforcement will reveal all circumstances of the death of former NSS director
“I guarantee that the government will use all available means to reveal this and other cases to the last detail,” Armenian Prime...
17:14
3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games to conclude in Lausanne
The closing ceremony of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place Swiss Lausanne today. The final day of the tournament featured the 10...
16:12
Macron says France 'inflexible' over Iran's nuclear ambitions
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that France will be inflexible about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and that his country is...
15:58
Lawyers: Son of ex-Armenian minister Gagik Khachatryan not arrested
Lawyers representing the family of Gagik Khachatryan, a former Armenian minister of finance and chairman of the State Revenues Committee, refute...
15:20
Spain declares climate emergency, gets climate plan ready
Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to...
15:02
Pashinyan: Armenia saw over 9 billion drams additional money turnover during New Year celebrations
From December 28, 2019 to January 6, 2020 Armenia saw an additional money turnover of 9 billion 307 million drams from the same period of the...
14:24
Artur Vanetsyan: I will follow by share of mission
Armenia is the “identity and dignity” of not only all of us, but also of the previous and coming generations, former Director of...
14:02
Lengthy pizza delivers funds for embattled Australian firefighters
An Italian restaurant in Australia has made a 103 meter (338 foot) Margherita pizza to raise funds for firefighters battling...
13:56
Opposition MP blames authorities for regress in democracy, pluralism in parliament
After the 2018 ‘velvet revolution’, the first major setback for democracy, pluralism, transparency and rights of the opposition can...
13:13
Russia's Putin announces new Cabinet after prime minister resigns
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a new government on Tuesday, less than a week after he announced constitutional reforms which led the...
12:59
Vartine Ohanian becomes first female Armenian minister in Lebanon’s history
Armenian Vartine Ohanian was appointed Lebanon's Minister of Youth and Sport, becoming the first female Armenian to be appointed minister in...
12:49
Armenia among top 5 CIS destinations for expert-led tours
TurStat travel portal has ranked Armenia among the five most popular CIS destinations for tours led by a travel expert among Russian tourists....
12:20
French-Armenian Jeanne Barseghian running for Strasbourg mayor
French politician and environmentalist of Armenian descent Jeanne Barseghian has entered the race for mayor of Strasbourg, France. She is...
11:45
US military says additional service members treated for injuries from Iranian strikes
US Central Command announced Tuesday that additional US troops who were serving at a base in Iraq that was struck by Iranian missiles earlier...
11:37
Armenian parliament passes bill to tackle ‘criminal subculture’
The Armenian National Assembly adopted in the second reading on Wednesday a government bill against the ‘criminal subculture’ in the...
11:14
Facebook creating 1,000 new UK jobs
Facebook is poised to launch a hiring spree for 1,000 UK staff as it seeks to tackle the spread of toxic messages online, The Telegraph...
10:54
Some roads in Armenia difficult to pass
Some roads in Armenia are difficult to pass as of 9am Wednesday, January 22, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported. Vardenyats Pass...
10:50
Iran seeks U.S., French help reading downed plane's black boxes
Iran said it had asked the U.S. and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner,...
10:36
Artsakh soldier killed in tragic accident
A contract soldier of the Artsakh Defense Army was killed in a tragic accident on Tuesday. The accident happened at a post of a northern...
10:20
Iranian MP offers three million dollar bounty to 'whoever kills Trump'
Ahmad Hamzeh, an Iranian MP has announced a 3 million dollar reward to “whoever kills Trump”, Euronews reports.  Hamzeh is...
20:32
Pianist Eva Gevorgyan to perform in Yerevan
15-year-old Russian-Armenian pianist Eva Gevorgyan will perform a joint concert with  pianists Armen Babakhanian and Poom Prommachart...
20:12
Legendary rockers Queen become first British band on a commemorative coin
Queen are set to become the first band ever to be celebrated with an official commemorative UK coin collection from the Royal Mint. As the local...
19:51
Tumo center to be established in Berlin
The Tumo Center for Creative Technologies  and KfW signed on Tuesday a memorandum, establishing a Tumo center in Berlin. The signing...
19:00
EU vows support to Armenian’s commitment to reforms in justice sector
Justice Minister Rustam Badasyan received on Tuesday  the delegation headed by Vassilis Maragos, he Head of the DG NEAR Unit at the...
18:09
Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates his 31st birthday
The Armenian national football team and Roma midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is celebrating today his 31st birthday. On the occasion of the...
17:42
Iran names new Ambassador to Armenia
Abbas Zohouri has been appointed new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Armenia. Zohouri along with 12 other new ambassadors met with...
16:33
Prince Harry arrives in Canada to prepare for non-royal life
Britain’s Prince Harry has arrived in Canada to join his wife Meghan as the couple prepare for a new life after agreeing to stop using...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}