The Armenian educational system has serious problems, especially in the regions. Migration and a decrease in birth rate led to a severe decline in the number of students in rural schools. As a result, multi-level schools are created during which, a single teacher has to teach first, fifth, third and sometimes fourth and fifth grades all at once. “This violates a child's right to high quality education,” believes Mesrop Ghalachyan, head of Shirak Branch of the National Institute of Education.
To solve issues of people with disabilities at higher education institutions it is vital to start with the change of mentality. People with disabilities need respect and just and favorable conditions. At the Media Center hosted discussion Seryozha Ohanjanyan, head of EKHO support center, spoke on the need of equal opportunity.
The amendment to remove unemployment benefit resulted in the decrease of unemployed people registered at employment centers. The number of unemployed people in Armenia is supposed to have declined due to this reason as well.
The Media Center held a panel discussion entitled “Employment Issues in Syunik” at Goris Press Club.
“No matter how much we try to regulate job relations, they remain subordinated, an employee is subordinated to an employer,” said Narek Nersisyan, the RA Argo Trade Union representative at the Media Center initiated panel discussion. “Thus, it is essential to ensure that an employer does not abuse their privileges. The best known solution is to balance employer-employee relations through trade unions.”
The Karabakh conflict remains unsettled as of 20 years ago. The lasting tension on the frontline became greater in the months of July and August this year, which caused deaths of many young people who were born after the signing of the ceasefire in 1994.
The number of male children born after 1993 exceeds the number of female children by 50,000, reflecting the high number of sex-selective abortions in Armenia. Sex-selective abortions are made especially in the case of a third pregnancy. According to the available data, approximately 1000-2000 fetuses are aborted because of their predicted sex. Armenia currently ranks third in the world for the highest number of procedures, behind China and Azerbaijan.
After the amendments to the RA Law on Funded Pension were adopted, there still exists a bias attitude towards people of equal status. Presently, the young public sector employeesalready pay the funded pension which is now defined as ‘welfarepayment’ while private sector employees will make the compulsory payments in 3 years.
The decision of the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative District on the publications of Hraparak daily and ilur.am website concerning an accident in Gyumri may become a challenging precedent to silence mass media and limit the freedom of speech.
On the eve of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Turkey continues setting the agenda through official and unofficial means thus creating an illusion for the international community that certain steps are being taken to reestablish Armenian-Turkish relations.
The activities aimed at developing the Armenian economics do not go in line with the existing pricing policy. On the one hand, competitive economics, alongside with the prospect for becoming an exporting and importing country, is pursued, on the other hand, the current pricing policy is driving the country in the opposite direction.
Yerevan continues to be a disabled-unfriendly city. However, the factions of Yerevan City Council and City Administration state that considerable improvement is observed with respect to disabled people’s social integration and insurance.
The prohibition of torture is an absolute human right which is defined in the European Convention on Human Rights. The RA Constitution also states that ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or humiliating attitude or punishment.’ Whereas the applicable definition in Armenia does not include the provision on ‘pain or suffering that is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.’
27 percent of job seekers in Gyumri are young citizens in the age range 16-30. According to Gyumri’s young residents, the problem arises both because of lack of jobs and low salaries, both of which contribute to emigration.