Sep 03, 2014

Crimean Tatars: New Textbooks Reflect Political Reality

Students from as far afield as Vladivostok and Crimea groaned a collective sigh on Monday [1 September 2014] as kindergartens, schools and universities opened their doors for the start of a new academic year. Students in Crimea will also study under the Russian education system for the first time, following Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in March.

This article is taken from The Moscow Times.

In preparation for the change, Crimea's teachers spent the summer months attending courses on Russian teaching regulations and educational programs, Interfax reported.

Additionally, about 2.5 million Russian textbooks were delivered to Crimea over the summer, the report said, citing publishers. The textbooks will later be issued in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar, the other official languages on the peninsula, Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov was quoted as saying.

About 8.1 million students are expected to attend higher education institutions across Russia this academic year, including 5.6 million undergraduates, 200,000 master's students and 2.3 million postgraduates, Interfax reported.

About 6.4 million children will attend kindergarten this academic year — 200,000 more than have attended in any previous year group.