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[13-10.2019-EN] Weekly overview of educational affairs in Georgia (in English)

18/10/2019 – 24/10/2019

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Higher Education

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A legislative initiative is being prepared for the fall session of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Culture, which will give higher school students the right to work as a teacher assistant. According to the initiative, the internship will be for 2 years and applicants will not be paid during this period.

The Committee Chair suggests that the students will enter schools in 2020-2021 academic year. The teacher assistant will have his or her rights and responsibilities set out in the law.

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Tbilisi Vano Sarajishvili State Conservatoire has a new rector. The Academic Council elected Nana Sharikadze to the post.

The new rector is a graduate of the same school. She has been a teacher at Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire since 1999, an associate professor since 2001 and a professor since 2007.

General Education

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On October 24, The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport disseminates the information that for conducting the teachers’ and professional competence verification testing planned in November, the National Assessment and Examination Center, designated 12 public school across the country, , where at first a previous preparatory work will be performed and then the testing will be conducted. In connection with this process, the Minister of Education has been authorized to appoint extraordinary vacations and from October 26 to November 10, 2019, additional vacations will be announced in the 12 schools selected for testing, and missed school days will be refilled by schedules selected by the schools.

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According to the Education Management Information System, there are 55,682 teachers in Georgia today, 50,029 of whom are employed in the public sector and 5,653 in the private sector. According to the status: 248 teachers are mentors (230 in public schools, 18 in private); 2,967 teachers have leading teacher status (2,767 are in public schools and 200 in private schools); there are 29,693 senior teachers in total (26,732 work in public schools, 2,961 in private schools); of the 22,774 practicing teachers, 20,300 are in public schools, 2,474 in private schools.

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Since October, up to 30,000 senior, leading and mentor teachers who have at least 15 lesson hours have already received their salary increased by 150 GEL. In the case of full-time lesson load, teacher’s monthly salary by status is as follows:

Senior teacher – 1011 GEL;
Leading teacher – 1435 GEL;
Mentor teacher – 1745 GEL.

For teachers with less workload, salaries increase by an appropriate proportion, implying an average increase of 100 GEL.

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On October 17, the boarding school in the village Shatili of Dusheti municipality, which was fully renovated this summer by the Highland Development Fund (in the amount totaling GEL 160,000) was burnt down. The fire broke out before dinner. Those inside the building hardly escaped the fire. The heating system assembling was completed the previous day and no delivery-acceptance report is available. 8 students of the boarding school were left without educational and living space. Authorities have the intention to build a new school shortly.

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According to the National Center for Teacher Professional Development, about 5,000 jobseekers and practicing teachers have been enrolled in a special vocational training program planned within the framework of the National Teacher School (the small school teacher support project). The interviews with the registered teachers will start on October 25. Selection of 2000 trainees is planned for the school.

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On October 23, the National Assessment and Examinations Center responding to the issue raised in one of the TV item where it was said that tenth graders will have to take pilot exams this year, explained that this was only a misinterpretation and that no pilot exams would be held for 10th graders in the 2019-2020 academic year.

On October 24, the Center held a briefing on the National School Assessment Project. According to this project, only the 4th and 6th graders will be tested in Georgian language and literature (literacy) and mathematics (quantitative literacy) in the following school year. The grade received will not be reflected in the student’s annual grade.

Vocational Education

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The professional testing organized in the fall of 2019 will start on October 27. The previous day, October 26, a pretest will be held. Participation is voluntary for registered applicants.

According to the Education Management Information System, 10,622 applicants have registered for the fall entrance exam this year, of which 235 are people with special needs.

Other News

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On October 18, the Shota Rustaveli Science Foundation announced a targeted grant competition for the promotion of science. The competition aims to popularize science in the wider public, highlight ongoing reforms in Georgia’s science, technology and innovation system, raise awareness of the world best-known scientific research programs and projects, as well as international cooperation prospects in Georgia. Institutions and groups of individuals can participate in it.

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Amendments were made to the Order of the Minister of Education “On Approval of the Rule and Fees for Verification of the Authenticity of Educational Documents Issued in Georgia and Recognition of Education Received Abroad”. The document provides detailed information on both fee and rule changes.

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