Calls to bring back Russian to Tajik classrooms

EurasiaNet’s Konstantin Parshin has identified what he sees as a growing call EurasiaNet’s Konstantin Parshin has identified what he sees as a growing call amongst Tajik parents for more and better Russian language instruction in primary schools.

The article, at and (c) EurasiaNet, offers an interesting angle on the oft-repeated theme of endemic corruption in the Tajik education system. There is no firm evidence of the demand Parshin refers to but you could counter firstly that he presents some anecdotal (if urban-centric) first hand stories, and second, that neither the Tajik academic community nor the government has the capacity or the desire to undertake a wider scale survey to assess demand for Russian in schools.

It would be interesting to see whether this alleged demand is equally as high outside the capital Dushanbe and other towns.

Anecdotally, I am told that the main Russian language university in Tajikistan, the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University has dropped hugely in quality and reputation from its earlier position as the (perceived) most prestigious university in the country. There are a range of factors underlying this shift, but there must clearly be a connection with Parshin’s report on the diminishing quality and quantity of Russian language provision being offered at school level and the pipeline of qualified applicants able to complete higher education in the medium of Russian.

2 thoughts on “Calls to bring back Russian to Tajik classrooms

  1. Varia

    Dear Emma,

    Greetings! My name is Varia and I work for the international department of a university in Hong Kong. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and have always found your posts extremely interesting and useful: I have recently started planning an outreach trip to Central Asia and was wondering if I could seek your advise on a couple of points in connection to this trip. I would be really grateful if you could let me know an email address I could use to contact you directly.

    Many thanks,



    1. Dear Varia,
      Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you enjoy the blog and find it useful. I’m happy to reach out to you about your forthcoming trip and will email you directly.
      Best wishes, Emma


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