Foreign citizens get free education in Georgia

Pupils were celebrated starting of their academic year on September 15. Photo by MFA., 16 Sep 2014 - 17:47, Tbilisi,Georgia

The children of foreign citizens living in Georgia are now able to learn at Georgian primary schools for free.

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court on behalf of six foreign pupils – Russian and Armenian – who lived in Akhalkalaki.

The Constitutional Court satisfied GYLA’s requested to revoke the payment for a school voucher on September 12.

The organisation said imposing an obligation for foreigners to pay tuition fees was contrary to Article 14 of the Constitution, which guaranteed equality before the law.

"Georgian pupils get school vouchers for free while foreigners pay for it. These are discriminated citizens of other countries living in Georgia,” a GYLA representative said.

The organisation emphasized that the contested provision was contrary to Article 35 of the Constitution, which stated that not only Georgians, but everyone living in Georgia had the right to get and choose their desired form of education.