Changes in helicopter transportation of schoolchildren during vacations approved in Nenets District
The Nenets Administrative District has approved changes in helicopter transportation for schoolchildren to their parents' camping grounds. The new rules will be fixed in the local law on education, according to a press release published on the district's website.
Children have been transported by helicopter to reindeer herder camp sites only if both parents were out in the tundra. However, representatives of the local indigenous peoples have repeatedly asked the local administration to change the rules and allow children to be flown to just one of the parents.
"The unique school helicopter project, characteristic of only our territory, makes it possible to create conditions for preserving the development of ethnic socio-economic and cultural development of the indigenous peoples of the north in current realities and in compliance with school education requirements. Experience shows that regulations in this area need to be improved. I hope that, this year, more children will be able to camp with their parents during the summer," Igor Koshin, Governor of the Nenets District, said.
The schoolchildren transportation season will start on May 20. Eight flights and one extra flight have been envisaged. Aside from district communities, children will be flown to the Neruta clan camp, the Erv cooperative and tundra camp grounds near Karataika, Shoina, Oma and Nes. Children who do not need to pass annual school exams, unlike students in the ninth and eleventh grades, will be the first to fly home. This year's school graduates will be carried to their homes free of charge by regular flights in June after final exams are over. The district administration will cover the transportation costs.