THE MINISTER "MODERATELY OPTIMISTIC" ABOUT INTRODUCTION OF CHESS IN SCHOOLS
Artak Barseghyan

Radiolur
30.08.2011 18:34

In the new academic year chess will be taught in Armenian schools
as a compulsory discipline, Minister of Education and Science Armen
Ashotyan and Vice-President of the Chess Federation of Armenia Smbat
Lputyan told reporters today. The new subject will be taught in 2nd,
3rd and 4th grades.

Thus, Armenia will become the first country introduce chess as
a compulsory subject in schools. According to Minister Ashotyan,
this step had long matured and became a reality after the glorious
victories of our chess players. He is "moderately optimistic" about
the introduction of the new discipline.

No funds have been provided for the teaching of chess from the
state budget this year, however the government has made a decision
to allocate 900 mln AMD for that purpose. The money has been spent
to publish textbooks and purchase necessary furniture.



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress