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Kyrgyz University Students Asked To Fill Teacher Shortage

OSH -- The Kyrgyz government is asking university students to teach at secondary schools in the southern city of Osh due to a shortage of teachers, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Presidential adviser Viktor Chernomorets told journalists on August 11 that Osh lacks at least 350 secondary-school teachers for the upcoming school year. He said students at local higher education establishments who agree to teach at secondary schools will receive state salaries and the corresponding social benefits.

There are 57 secondary schools in Osh. Fourteen of them hold classes in Kyrgyz, 22 in Uzbek, nine in Russian, and 12 of the schools use two or more languages for instruction.

Tens of thousands of Osh residents left the city during deadly clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in June. Many have not yet returned.

Chernomorets said that student groups from local universities will voluntarily monitor order in secondary schools in the Osh and Jalal-Abad regions.