Universities Admit Abkhazia Applicants Despite Checkpoint Blockage

University entrants registered in the Gali district of occupied Abkhazia, who failed to participate in the nationwide exams amid the crossing point closure, imposed by Sokhumi at River Enguri checkpoint, will be enrolled in their desired universities and fully financed by the state.

Georgian Education Minister Mikheil Batiashvili announced on July 24 that this concerns every entrant who had registered for the Unified National and Joint Master Exams to continue studies at any Georgian state university, but “was fully or partially deprived of this right.”

However, the Minister explained that it is necessary that these who will be enrolled at universities gather at least 60 credits during the 2019-2020 academic year. Otherwise, the decision on their enrollment will be abolished.

The Gali education resource center told Civil.ge earlier this month that a total of 185 such aspiring students were registered in the Gali district. However, the exact number of those who will be enrolled has not yet been announced.

The “security service” of occupied Abkhazia announced on June 27 that the Enguri crossing point of the boundary line would be temporarily closed, amid citing recent protest rallies in the “bordering district” of Zugdidi, which “are provocative” in nature and affect “Abkhaz statehood”.

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