Invading Russian forces are checking students’ backpacks at the entrance to a school in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol, city mayoral advisor Petro Andriushchenko said in a Telegram messenger post on Sept. 1.
According to him, the Russian military blocked the entrance to school No. 41.
“Everyone is being checked at the entrance, even students’ backpacks,” he wrote.
Andriushchenko noted there are almost no people, and no repairs made to the school building.
“Broken windows are covered with plastic film,” he said.
“Here it is, the truth about the repair and readiness of schools under the invaders.”
The new school year began as usual 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.
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.