Russia extends academic year in occupied Mariupol through the summer

26 May, 02:39 PM
Occupied Mariupol, May 20 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Occupied Mariupol, May 20 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian occupation authorities in Mariupol have canceled the summer break in the city’s schools, in order to prepare students for Moscow’s curriculum, Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko said in a Telegram post on May 26.

Meaning, no (summer) break; (their) main goal is to ‘de-Ukrainify’ (students) and prepare (them) for a new academic year under Russian curricula,” said Andriushchenko.

“Children will be forced to spend the summer cramming Russian language, literature, and history, and mathematics in Russian.”

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According to Andriushchenko, the invaders are planning to open nine schools in the city, but only 53 teachers have agreed to keep working so far.

“Six teachers per school – an accurate snapshot of education in Mariupol under Russian occupation.”

After more than two months under a Russian siege, Mariupol is a site of massive humanitarian disaster. The city’s infrastructure and housing are completely destroyed; at least 22,000 residents have died during the war.

City officials warn that the lack of a clean water supply may cause disease outbreaks, and more than 10,000 people could die this year. Almost 170,000 people remain in the city, struggling with food shortages.

On May 25, occupation authorities began to issue Mariupol residents with Russian passports. This process of forced passportization is an attempt to de-facto annex the Ukrainian city, say Ukrainian officials.

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