Azerbaijan, Baku, June 19 / Trend , A. Huseynbala/
Azerbaijani parliament adopted new Law on Education at a third reading today.
"According to amendments to the law, restrictions for owners of private higher schools are lifted. Under new amendments, foreign judicial and physical persons can found higher schools in Azerbaijan. The state-run higher schools will be granted permanent license and 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.
Under previous law, higher schools could be only 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.
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