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Kyrgyz High School Students 'Sent To Work On Construction Site'

KOCHKOR-ATA, Kyrgyzstan, -- Local prosecutors in southern Kyrgyzstan are investigating after parents complained that schoolchildren were made to work at a construction site, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The probe centers on a secondary school in the town of Kochkor-Ata in southern Jalal-Abad region.

Aigul Nurkamilova, chairwoman of the Parents Committee at Kochkor-Ata's secondary school No 28, told RFE/RL on September 13 that ninth-grade (13-14-year-old) students at the school were freed from classes on September 7-9 and forced to work on the construction of a new house for local businessman Akbar Sabyrjanov.

The students were not paid for their work, Nurkamilova said.

Sabyrjanov denied the allegation.

The local prosecutor's office launched an investigation after the Parents Committee and Kochkor-Ata town council deputies set up a special commission on September 12 to look into the situation.

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