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ARMENIA’S PREMIER ON CHURCH HISTORY ON SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Speaking live on his Facebook page, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan commented on the removal of the History of Armenian Church from the school curriculum.

Special emphasis should be placed on Armenia’s general history. And it is in this context that the history of Christianity should be studied, the premier said.

“We must know our general history to know ourselves better with our own ups and downs. The history of Armenian church must be properly made part of general history of Armenia,” Mr Pashinyan said.

He also spoke of his stance on compulsory Armenian language, history and literature lessons at Armenia’s higher schools.

“My question: are English language and U.S. history lessons compulsory at Harvard University and are all the students supposed to study the subject regardless of what they major in? If so, we, in Armenia, will consider it a criterion,” Mr Pashinyan said.

Armenia’s public has recently actively discussed a bill drafted by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. According to the bill, Armenian language history and literature lessons will cease to be compulsory on the higher education curriculum.