The Minister of Education and Science Dimitri Shashkini held a meeting with around 300 11th grade students and introduced all the changes regarding passing 10 compulsory subjects to get a high school diploma for the academic year of 20111. The students had an opportunity to receive firsthand information from the Minister about the procedures of passing 10 exams, the location where these exams will take place; the importance of conferring the gold medals to successful students and etc. The meeting was held in a dialogue format and the Minister answered all the students’ questions.
From 2011, the twelfth graders who plan to obtain a high school diploma and receive a higher education be obliged to pass ten exams instead of four at the National Examinations Centers. The Ministry of Education and Science will give a chance to those students who will not be able to cross the minimal competency level to retake these exams free of charge in the next academic year.
The students got interested in the issues regarding improving the school textbooks, enhancing the school infrastructure including arranging school laboratories, as well as restoring science classes.
The Minister Dimitri Shashkini stated that the Ministry would eliminate all shortcomings in the education system in the second phase of the reforms.