The main task of general education in Armenia is to make the content of the educational programs available to pupils, Minister of Education and Science Mr.Armen Ashotyan said today at the conclusion of a roundtable in Yerevan.
"Nowadays schools cannot provide information about everything. They cannot impart all knowledge on all the fields of human activity. The task of today's schools is to give fundamental knowledge and teach children to study, to cultivate love for knowledge in children, and, eventually, to bring up free citizens», the minister stated.
In recent years the reforms in Armenia's general education sphere have been implemented mostly with funding of the World Bank's Education Quality and Relevance Program, launched in 2009. The minister said that the second stage of the program is currently underway and will be completed in 2014.
«I would like to stress that no one has forced Armenia to effect education reforms. We select ourselves the best knowledge-based models, applicable to Armenia. The World Bank does not do a favor for us: those allocations are credits, and tomorrow we will have to repay them, » the minister noted.
In his words, both state budgetary allocations and credit resources «should be spent as efficiently as possible so that what we create today will be of a continuous nature and will not vanish into thin air after the credits are used».