The provision of a tuition fee discount for the participant in the April Four-day War was delayed and then rejected at Yerevan State University. The issue was solved with the support of HCA Vanadzor17:08, November 21, 2017 | News, Own news | Right to Education, Rights of Soldiers/Recruits
A woman whose son K. Gh. studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Yerevan State University alerted HCA Vanadzor in October of this year, informing that there was no partial tuition reimbursement provided to her son who participated in the Four-day War.
In 2015, having studied for one year, K. Gh. was drafted into the army, where he participated in the military actions of April 2016. Upon receiving a discharge in August 2017, he submitted his documents regarding the participation in the military actions to the University. However, first he was informed that due to operational issues he had to submit his application later and receive tuition reimbursement but then, upon the receipt of a second application, he was notified that the deadline for applying for tuition reimbursement had been exceeded and he could not exercise that privilege anymore.
To restore K. GH.’s violated rights and provide him with a tuition fee discount, HCA Vanadzor turned to the RA Ministry of Education and Science on October 12, 2017, following which the problem was solved.
Nevertheless, V. Mkrtchyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, insisted in a response letter that there was no mention of a tuition fee discount in the first application; it only concerned the restoration of the student’s rights, in regard to which the application was discussed at the Dean’s Office. The Deputy Minister of Education and Science indirectly disproved the students’ claims about the response to the second application and notified that it was decided to provide K. Gh. with tuition reimbursement at the session of the Rector’s Office on October 16, 2017.
It is noteworthy that the session of the Rector’s Office that the Deputy Minister alluded to took place after HCA Vanadzor sent the Minister of Education and Science a letter. However, there is no mention of this in V. Mkrtchyan’s response and the events are presented as though the problem was solved before that.