YEREVAN. – Yerevan State University (YSU) lecturers will go on a one-day strike in solidarity with the students. This was stated at a press conference with the participation of faculty of Armenia’s universities and representatives of the National Academy of Sciences.
The students' indignation was prompted by the initiative of Armenian Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Arayik Harutyunyan to drop compulsory teaching of Armenian language and history in universities.
Students from the YSU Faculties of Armenian Philology and History oppose the Education, Science, Culture and Sports Ministry's Higher Education bill, which proposes making optional at non-specialized faculties of universities the teaching of Armenian History, Armenian Language, and Armenian Literature subjects that are now mandatory. They have been boycotting classes since November 6, demanding the resignation of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Minister Arayik Harutyunyan, to revise this controversial point in the bill, and have also started a signature campaign.
Arayik Harutyunyan had announced that he was not going to resign.