Today at the Media Center initiated press conference entitled ‘General and Higher Education Correlation: Current Issues’ Serob Khachatryan, Yerevan State University Associate Professor, education expert, and Samvel Karabekyan, Yerevan State University Associate Professor, education expert, spoke on the amendments in the education sector made during the 17 years following Armenia’s independence proclamation and current problems.
Balanced improvement of general education is a must
‘The experience in Finland, Canada, and Estonia proves that a country may develop only in case of balanced education,’ noted Serob Khachatryan, adding that the Armenian society is polarized which is reflected in education as well. Schools in remote communities must be granted more subsidies than those in the capital. The Armenian Government, Khachatryan believes, invests in 20% of the society which is supposed to lead the other 80%. However, it proves impossible to ensure a large-scale progress in a country with 20% well-educated people.
The speaker noted that the integration of 3-4 schools with a low number of school children may result in an educational institution with high potential; still, prior to the integration it is necessary to consider the availability of infrastructure in the given region.
Samvel Karabekyan pointed out 2 key issues pertaining to assessment and professional orientation systems.
‘Currently, an applicant submits his documents to a higher education institution and is later assessed whereas it is illogical because assessment is to precede career choice,’ stated Karabekyan.
Teach to study
’12-year general education has not solved the issue of unloading syllabi,’ noted Serob Khachatryan.
Education in Armenia, the expert is convinced, must not be ceremonial, becoming a series of memorable events.
‘We do not teach children to think. If a child does not think, school knowledge is information noise only,’ believes Serob Khachatryan.
The expert concluded his speech noting that knowledge is now free of charge, thus, the main objective of education institutions must be not only transfer of knowledge but foremost to develop desire to study. Samvel Karabekyan stressed that ‘at school we should teach children not only think but study as well.’