Moscow: Russia will begin coaching faculty students how to deal with assault rifles and hand grenades from September this yr underneath the Ministry of Science and Higher Education’s new curriculum, claims the UK Ministry of Defence.
The ministry has made primary army coaching obligatory for all secondary faculty youngsters due to the rise of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. The course, known as “The Basics of Life Safety”, has connections with the Soviet period.
The course may also embrace army drills, salutes and weapons coaching.
Curriculum presently underneath screening
Russian Education Minister Sergey Kravtsov stated final yr that the thought of course will likely be examined in January 2023. “It will be introduced in schools starting from the next academic year. Now it is being drafted and after January 1, it will begin to be tested,” he advised the Russian information company TASS.
The Education Ministry earlier stated that preparations have been underway to develop a course for “basic military training in schools and colleges within the instruction time reserved for the basics of civil defence.”
‘Curriculum highlights militarised atmosphere’
In its ‘latest defence intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine’, a routine Twitter publish by UK’s Defence Ministry, officers stated, “In recent weeks, the Russian Ministry of Education has provided more detail on the rollout of the previously announced plan to include basic military training in Russia’s secondary school curriculum.”
In addition, the ministry stated that the introduction of the course “highlights the increasingly militarised atmosphere in wartime Russia, as well as being a (likely deliberate) evocation of the Soviet Union: similar training was mandatory in schools up to 1993.”
Schools ordered to take ‘patriotic’ lessons
Last yr in June, colleges in Russia have been ordered to conduct ‘patriotic’ lessons in an effort to mould youngsters “loyal militarised nationalists”, in accordance to The Washington Post.
Teachers who refused have been fired.
Furthermore, Russian faculty textbooks have been modified to take away all references to Ukraine and its capital Kyiv.