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School Closure Provokes Anger

A unilateral decision to keep a school in Talas region closed well beyond the winter holiday period has baffled pupils and teachers alike.
Reporter Jannat Toktosunova found adolescents huddled in a cold hall trying to make up the work they were missing after the headmaster decided it should remain shut after the holiday was over.

The official reason given was that the school would be too cold given the ongoing power shortages affecting the whole of Kyrgyzstan. But pupils say it is no colder now than it was in December, and certainly better than last winter’s deep freeze.

Many adolescents facing summer exams are worried that they will miss out on crucial learning time. Teachers, who are still coming into school every day to do administrative work, also complain that the children will not have time to prepare for the June exams.

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