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Agricultural University’s fate to be decided on Tuesday

by | Mar 21, 2013
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Students staged a mock lecture in the street in front of the Education Ministry. (Tabula TV.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Education Quality Development Center will March 26 at 18:00 decide whether to reinstate the Agricultural University’s accreditation.

The center on Wednesday informed that five issues will be on the agenda of Tuesday’s session, including the issue about whether to give back the Agricultural University its authorization, which was suspended by the authorization commission on March 12.

Since it happened, students have been receiving support from other university students, political opponents of the government, and non-governmental organizations, and have been protesting outside the Education Ministry building, demanding that the decision is abolished and that they are allowed to get on with their studies.

A rally was held on Wednesday as well, as students brought desks, chairs and laptops to stage a mock lecture on the street in front of the Education Ministry.

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The protest is aimed at keeping up the pressure on authorities ahead of a decision on Tuesday. (Tabula TV.)

Meanwhile, Education Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili called on the Quality Development Center to accelerate the issue of university authorization and restore it within the frames of the law. He repeated that all the university’s faults have been corrected and the authorization will be restored in accordance with law.

Margvelashvili said it might need about a week to go through all the required procedures.

Some believe that the decision to suspend the Agricultural University’s accreditation was politically motivated, because it is owned by businessman Kakha Bendukidze, a former Economy Minister and supporter of Saakashvili and his party.



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