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Compiled by Tato Gachechiladze
Wednesday, May 16
School director admits dismissing teacher for political reasons

Rezonansi reports that a biology teacher has been dismissed from the school in the village of Nikozi, located close to the administrative border with South Ossetia. According to MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili, in a court proceeding the school director said that the reason for the teacher’s dismissal was that she does not like President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Approximately 21 teachers have been dismissed from schools recently, all in the Shida Kartli region.

Ia Bzhalava, who had successfully passed her certification exams, was dismissed from Gori school 9 by her director, as Bzhalava’s husband is a member of the Free Democrats. She took the case to court and is waiting for a decision.

The Ministry of Education and Science declined to comment on the cases. Tsagareishvili says that his party, Georgian Dream, will support the fired teachers.

Price for private English-language courses increasing

Rezonansi reports that the price of English language courses have increased by 30-50%.

English is the most popular language in Georgia at the moment, and measures taken by the government has significantly increased the number of foreign language learners. Consequently, tuition fees have increased as well.

A couple of years ago, classes cost approximately 30-50 GEL (80-100 GEL for one-on-one tutoring). Currently, individual classes are being advertised for 100-150 GEL, or 50-80 GEL in a group.

Tbilisi City Hall is offering free English courses, which consist of three stages and come with a completion certificate and the potential of a job offer.