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2008-02-28
Gia Nodia Is not Satisfied with the Reforms in Education System
What promises were given to the teachers in Gali and Zugdidi districts?
Gia Nodia, the Minister of Education and Science handed out vouchers on health insurance personally to 688 teachers in Gali. He also distributed plentiful promises on behalf of his ministry to teachers in Zugdidi and Gali districts.  
2008-02-28
Ugulava’s Buses Create Problems in Gori
Shida Kartli local government started to break the pre-election promises of the Georgian president long ago. For example, transportation fee was increased. Although acting regional governor Lado Vardzelashvili claims that he is aware about the problems of the region, he has poor information about the transportation problems village residents have in Shida Kartli.
2008-02-27
Welfare or Pre-Election Promises?
According to the Georgian State Statistics Department the minimal income for a Georgian citizen is 194.5 GEL per month. Most citizens, however, have much less income than the official estimate. It is understandable under the current political realities when buttressed with extreme social conditions why it is now paramount for the central government to present offered the well-known poverty reduction project entitled “Georgia without Poverty.”

2008-02-25
Levan Bezhashvili: Why Local Government Avoid Journalists and NGOs?
Levan Bezhashvili was recently appointed as the Georgian President’s Representative to Kakheti region. Previous to this assignment he was the chairperson of the Parliamentary Legal Committee. The new governor intends to cooperate with local journalists and NGO workers. The first meeting with the representatives of civil society was organized last week.
2008-02-25
School Reform: What’s the problem? (Part II)
The institute of the tutorial board, which was established as a result of educational reform, is another current but separate topic for discussion. Experts concluded that these boards failed to achieve their started goals. They have been totally ineffective. First of all, the articles providing for tutorial Boards were inserted in the law without complete consideration. And other than a two-year preparation period for implementation that was mentioned into the law, and was not done accordingly and the decision was immediately made to elections. Consequently, the members of the tutorial board were not sufficiently trained to do their jobs.

2008-02-22
Georgia: A Flickering Beacon of Democracy

In 2004, in line with the positive changes in the country, we pointed out the human rights violations which took place after the “Rose Revolution”. Most of the people did not dare speak of them. We dared to tell the truth. “One Step Forward – Two Steps Back” was the name of the human rights report the Human Rights Centre published in December, 2004. As antidemocratic tendencies developed further, our reaction was immediate. The report produced in 2005 was called “Next Stop – Belarus?” 
2008-02-22
Who Is threatened with School Reform?(Part I)
Journalistic Survey
What should teachers think about-their contract terms or children’s education? 

Directors and teachers of Georgian Public Schools have sign employment contracts. The stipulated terms of the contracts vary in among schools from 1 to 6 years in duration. However, what would otherwise seem mundane has experts concerned. They claim that those contracts under such stipulated terms are in contradiction with the Georgian Constitution and international law. It is not that the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science that made the requirement to indicate the duration when contracts are signed.
2008-02-20
Ezugbaia, Chairperson: Georgian Railway Withholds Pensions from Former rail worker
Gogi Miruashvili, a resident of the village of Kvakhvreli in Gori District, died of heart attack when a court summon was delivered to his house. As it was later learned, Irakli Ezugbaia was in opposition to the seventy-five-year-old man. Currently, Ezugbaia can only appeal against Makvala Miruashvili, wife of the deceased, as she Gogi Miruashvili’s legal surrogate. The topic for argument is whether or not the dead person received pension by mistake.

2008-02-20
Problem with Presidential Subsidies
“If I survive my problem, I will never again mention the name of the present. I am so afraid that I will not touch not only president’s present but event gifts I will receive from my relative. Keeping my only child warm cost me made sleepless nights and I have cried lots of tears. If it had to happen in similar way, they should not have given anything to us,” said Dali Khachapuridze, a resident of Kutaisi who a disabled. She applied to the Human Rights Center’s Kutaisi office to complain about her trouble with the Energy Distribution Company.
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