YEREVAN. – As long as we are not invited to negotiate or speak, we will not also express a position on it. If there will be an invitation from the ministry, we will discuss, we will understand. Speaking to Armenian News-NEWS.am, ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party Youth Union Chairman Argishti Gevorgyan said this referring to their current sit-in outside the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Armenia.
"We are demanding the minister's resignation because he has such a bad reputation already that I cannot imagine he can be a minister with that reputation," he said.
The Dashnaktsutyun young man added that they are still on a sit-in. "We continue the sit-in as long as we think this is the best way," he said.
Students from the Yerevan State University (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.
On November 7, the young Dashnaktsutyun members held a rally demanding the resignation of Harutyunyan, and declared a sit-in outside the ministry building.
Today, about 50 lecturers of the aforesaid YSU faculties announced a one-day strike and expressed their support for the students' struggle, however, noting that they did not demand the Minister's resignation. They also urged the students to end the boycotting of classes.
According to the sit-in participants, Arayik Harutyunyan should resign because the ministry is pursuing an antinationalist policy during his tenure as minister.
But Harutyunyan had announced that he was not going to resign.