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Teaching of chess in Armenian schools could become non-mandatory

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Sport will consider making the teaching of chess in Armenian chess non-compulsory.

The decision follows concerns by chess players and parents, Chairman of the Commission Mkhitaryan Hayrapetyan said in a statement.

In particular, the Commission will discuss the ways to improve the functional importance of teaching chess and increase the cost efficiency of the sector.

It will also consider integrating state-of-the-art technologies into the preparation and evaluation of the course that will help children become more motivated.

Finally, the Committee will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of chess courses being mandatory or optional.  

Armenia was the first country to build chess into the curriculum and Armenia has one of the highest numbers of chess grandmasters, per capita, in the world.

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