New school year kicks off in Ukraine on Sept. 1

1 September, 11:00 AM
A bomb shelter installed in one of the Kyiv schools (Photo:Kyiv City State Administration)

A bomb shelter installed in one of the Kyiv schools (Photo:Kyiv City State Administration)

A new school year begins in Ukraine on Sept. 1, despite Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.

The government adopted the relevant resolution (On the start of the school year during martial law in Ukraine) back in June, according to which the 2022/2023 school year in general secondary education institutions in Ukraine will begin as is traditional on the first day of September. The educational process in schools will last until June 30, 2023.

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At the same time, Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Shkarlet said in late August that the format of each student’s education will depend on where he/she lives as of Sept. 1. The categories are:

• in territories significantly distant from hostilities, without having changed their place of residence;

• if they are internally displaced persons;

• in a war zone or temporarily occupied territory;

• temporarily living outside Ukraine.

For the first two categories of school students (who are in safe territories without having changed their place of residence or are internally displaced persons), the following forms of education are offered:

• offline;

• online;

• family (home);

• mixed;

• external.

Online, external or home forms of education are possible for school students who are abroad.

School teaching in the front-line and temporarily occupied territories is possible in the following forms:

• online;

• family;

• external.

Regional military administrations and school administrations make the final decision on the format of the educational process organization in each school or region, taking into account the security situation.

The director of the Department of Education and Science of Kyiv City State Administration, Olha Fidanian, said that in Kyiv, parents will be able to choose the form of education for their children and, if necessary, change it during the school year.

According to her, almost 70% of parents in Kyiv have chosen offline education for their children since Sept. 1. At the same time, about 20% of Kyiv schoolchildren will be abroad as of Sept. 1.

Fidanian said that almost 70% of Kyiv schools have bomb shelters that are being renovated and repaired according to the requirements and in which children can hide during air raid alerts.

“But even in these schools, only as many people as the shelter can accommodate will be able to stay at the same time,” she said.

“That is, schools in which shelters cannot accommodate all students and teachers will switch to two-shift teaching. Those educational institutions that do not have their own bomb shelter that meets all the requirements, or a safe place near the school where children can be quickly transferred in case of an air raid alert, will not be able to start offline teaching at all.”

According to Kyiv City State Administration, almost 180,000 schoolchildren are now staying in Kyiv, of whom 138,000 will start the school year offline – that’s how many families have written statements about their children’s offline education. In total, 421 schools in Kyiv are ready for the new school year, and they can accommodate 145,000 students for offline education at the same time.

In addition, almost 3,600 children who were forced to relocate to the capital city will start the school year in Kyiv.

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