YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Four schoolchildren from Armenia were awarded different prizes at the mathematics–informatics and chemistry international competitions held in Bucharest–Antalia and Minsk last year. On January 11–Minister of Education and Science Eduard Ghazarian awarded each of the 14 participating students approximately $150 in cash.
Pointing out particular progress in mathematics (the Armenian schoolchildren won three bronze medals at the mathematics contest)–the minister said that more attention should be paid to informatics–as the Armenian schoolchildren failed to achieve any considerable results at the informatics competition. Ghazarian also reported that Armenian schoolchildren have been invited to participate in a physics competition to be held this year. In 1999–our country had an observer status at this competition.
Ghazarian stated that over recent years the education sphere in Armenia has suffered great losses and the average level of education in the country has been on the decline–but the number of gifted children has not decreased. "There are many gifted children in schools and institutes today as well," the minister said. Expressing optimism that the children participating in competitions today will be among Armenian academicians tomorrow–he said that the fund of supporting young scientists has been established at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.
As for teachers–Ghazarian reported that the Ministry of Science and Education intends to institute a gold medal for teachers who make great progress.