ARMENIAN STUDENTS OPPOSED TO ABOLITION OF MONTHLY STIPENDS
18.11.2009 19:17 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ At November 17 conference RA education minister
Armen Ashotyan said that the ministry of education intends to cancel
the monthly student stipend, amounting 5000 AMD since 1990’s.
According to him, this amount will go to introduction of student
loans to become available for a wide range of students.
PanARMENIAN.Net reporter asked students of the major educational
institution of the country – Yerevan State University (YSU) to comment
on this decision.
"Students’ stipend in 5000 AMD does not cover even the most basic
costs a student has, although virtually it is designed exactly for
that purpose. But in any case, the stipend is meant to encouraging
students, no matter the size of the sum. The stipend became a part
of traditional life of a student. Besides, stipend is not a loan for
students, it is monthly donation, and turning it to a credit program
will not be equivalent for students. I am against the abolition
of grants, because they are the first own money of the student,
and if it does not cover anything, better make sure to turn it into
stipends, that will be equal to minimal cost of transport and meal,
" Ani Papoyan, YSU student said.
The Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Armen Ashotyan
promised a program with mechanisms to provide students with loans.
However, the promise is not yet assuring in the future productivity
of the program. A monthly stipend has just become a tradition for
all students, and it serves as a motovation to advance academically.