“Pension reforms in education in Georgia are a unique opportunity for the teachers. It will bring new energy, new vision, and new aspirations”, said Levan Kharatishvili, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports of Georgia to APA’s local bureau.
"I think this is a unique opportunity for teachers. As we know, schools need new energy, new vision, and new aspirations. This is a fact that enables teachers to make their own decisions. Nobody forces any teacher to leave the system. If they feel they have left and make new teachers come to the system, this is a unique opportunity. I think this reform is very logical. If the teacher doesn’t perform well due to many reasons like health, age or whatever this is an option that I recommend to any teacher. As you mention the fact of a shortage of teachers, this is an opportunity to attract the new teachers. So, on the contrary, this very effective program and it will be successful", he said.
Answering the question of APA on "Do you have any plan to cooperate with Azerbaijani education ministry?" Mr. Kharatishvili said: "This is not a plan, this how we do it, it is a long-standing tradition. Azerbaijan is our key strategic partner, our neighborly and friendly country. Whatever we do, we constantly regularly cooperate. As you know we have several documents that regulate our cooperation, memorandums of understanding, agreements with the Azerbaijani side and relevant ministries and joint commissions, and regularly we meet to discuss challenges, opportunities, and our priorities and whatever we do we do it in a very close partnership."