Stepanakert Secondary School No. 1 was damaged from shelling. December 12, 2020. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the "Caucasian Knot"

14 December 2020, 11:35

Less than half of pupils return to classes in Nagorno-Karabakh

Some schools in Nagorno-Karabakh have resumed the educational process; 11,580 pupils have returned to their desks. The rest of the schools will start working since early 2021, after the damages caused by the hostilities have been eliminated, the Ministry of Education has announced.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that following the November 10 truce, Nagorno-Karabakh lost two-thirds of its territory, which it had controlled until September 27, 2020. This led to a massive exodus of refugees.

The "Caucasian Knot" has drafted a map to show the territories that are passed over to Azerbaijan after the autumn war. Also, the "Caucasian Knot" has published a deployment map of the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Before the aggravation of the conflict, 220 schools operated in Nagorno-Karabakh, in which about 24,000 pupils studied. As a result of the hostilities, 116 schools, where more than 6000 pupils studied, occurred under Azerbaijan's control, the press service of the Nagorno-Karabakh's Ministry of Education has informed.

A source from the Ministry has noted that schools are not working mainly due to damage from shelling and accidents in the heating system. According to her story, by the end of the year the problems in all the schools will be solved, and at the start of 2021, they will start working.

"The children who have lost their homes are enrolled into the existing schools at their residences in Artsakh (the self-name of Nagorno-Karabakh) and Armenia," she has added.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 14, 2020 at 00:32 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alvard Grigoryan Source: CK correspondent

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