TBILISI, DFWatch–The Cadets Military Lyceum named after Giorgi Kvinitadze accepted girls for the first time since its establishment in 2010.

The opening ceremony of the academic year 2016-2017 was greeted by President Giorgi Margvelashvili and members of his administration on Thursday, who introduced a special stipend for girls enrolled at the lyceum.

The stipend would commemorate names of Giorgi Kvinitadze, commander in chief of the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1918-1921, and Maro Makashvili, an young army nurse who died on the battlefield in 1921 when Bolshevik Russia invaded Georgia, President Margvelashvili said.

Maro Makashvili , offspring of noble family, was killed at age 19 in the Battle of Tiflis, which was a last stand of Georgian Army, represented mostly by cadets, to save the capital against Red Army forces.

Cadets Military Lyceum, established in 2010, accepts students who graduated nine grades in school. The study is free of charge but the applicants have to successfully pass special exams in order of being enrolled.

The program lasts for three years.

126 students were enrolled at the lyceum this year. There are eight women among them. 390 men graduated from the lyceum.