Azerbaijani President Supports Initiative on Application of School Uniforms
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev supported an initiative in the application of schools uniforms in the country. The head of state made this statement in the opening ceremony of secondary school #322 in Azizbayov district of Azerbaijan on 15 September.
"The application of school uniforms is a right step," the President said. It will remove the inequality among school children with consideration of their parents' financial opportunities.
The President said that over the past 4 years public budget expenses for the development of education rose by 3.3 times to approximately AZN 900mln. He noted that over the past 4 years 1,200 new schools have been constructed in the country and it is a historical achievement.
At present 4,500 schools function Azerbaijan and there is necessity for the construction of around 1,000 schools
"Schools will be provided with necessary infrastructure and heating system so that the hild4en could receive education in winter period," Aliyev stressed. All problems related to education will be resolved in 2008-2013. These are the construction of schools, repair, provision of necessary equipment and new quality of education.
Aliyev said Azerbaijan occupies a leading place for the level of education in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.
President said that AZN 4mln has been allocated out of his reserve fund for repair of schools in emergency situation. Aliyev said that in 2008 it is planned to increase salaries of teachers, along with state employees.