Azerbaijan, Georgia to discuss issue of reducing number of Azerbaijani teachers in Georgian schools
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 7 / Trend T.Hajiyev /
The Azerbaijani and Georgian Education Ministers will discuss the issue of reducing the number of Azerbaijani teachers in the Georgian schools.
"The Georgian education minister is expected to visit our country in the near future. During the visit, we will discuss the problem of reducing the number of Azerbaijani teachers and students living in Georgia," Education Minister Misir Mardanov told journalists on Thursday.
Based on the Azerbaijani NGO data, 183 Azerbaijani schools with 6,922 Azerbaijani teachers and 49,805 students existed in Georgia in 1989. In 1999, the figure was 167 schools with 4,481 teachers and 35,908 pupils and in 2009 the figure was 124 Azerbaijani schools with 3,777 Azerbaijani teachers and 29,184 students.
Mardanov said during his last Georgia visit he discussed this issue with his Georgian counterpart.
"The minister said Georgia dismissed 14,000 teachers in secondary schools in 2010. Of course, the Azerbaijanis also were among them," Mardanov added.
According to unofficial statistics, 500,000 Azerbaijanis live in Georgia.
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