State, municipal and private higher educational schools to be established in Azerbaijan

State, municipal and private higher educational schools to be established in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 16 / Trend , J. Babayeva/  

Law on Education is expected to take effect in Azerbaijan soon. Regardless of ownership, the higher schools will receive status of state, municipality and private institutions.

"According to amendments expected to be made to the law, there are no restrictions for owners of private universities. Under new amendments, foreign legal entities and physical persons can establish universities in Azerbaijan. State universities will be granted a license without a deadline, private and municipal universities for a period of five years, foreign legal and natural persons for a period of not less than three years. In the case high schools are founded by foreign legal and physical persons in Azerbaijan, deputy head of must be only Azerbaijani. More than 80 percent of the students and teachers will Azerbaijanis," member of parliament Shamsaddin Hajiyev said.

Azerbaijan's current Law on Education has been adopted in 1992. The parliament began to work out draft law in 1995. But new law has not been adopted for 14 years.

The parliament will hold hearings on Law on Education on June 19.

Under previous law, higher schools can be state-run and private.

Hajiyev said children will receive education from the age of three. At the age of five they will receive compulsory education. "There will be a general, primary, secondary and upper secondary education. Compulsory education in Azerbaijan will be nine years after the law takes effect. The period of general secondary education is not specified in the law. The relevant executive bodies are mandated to define the term. Higher education will consist of bachelor's, master's and doctor's degree," he said.

He said size of financing per head has been defined. "Every person studying at secondary and higher educational institutions will be taken into consideration while being financed," Hajiyev said.

He said students will be admitted through tests. "Commission's proposal for the winner of the Olympiad to take exams again was not accepted," Hajiyev said.

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