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Lukashenko, Karpenko discuss preparations for new school year

MINSK (BelTA) – All children should be prepared for a new school year, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he heard out a report of Belarus Education Minister Igor Karpenko on 26 August, BelTA informs.

“Children will go to school soon. My major requirement is as follows: all children should be equal and well dressed (I don't mean that they should wear the same clothes, but they should have good clothes). Cheaper or more expensive. We can't make rich people buy simpler clothes for their children. If they want more expensive clothes (suits from imported fabrics, different shirts and ties), they can do it. But all children should be well dressed, have good school bags and so on,” the head of state said.

The president instructed to pay special attention to children from low-income families in the run-up to the new academic year.

Using the opportunity, Aleksandr Lukashenko said that he traditionally pays a lot of attention to school education. “Children will go to school. And my requirement is quite ordinary. Our opposition shouldn't think that the president is holding a pre-election campaign or anything. Using the opportunity, I just want to say that I am not going to stand for election to the parliament. Therefore, the president cannot hold any pre-election campaigns,” he stressed.

“The parliamentary elections will take place in the country, and I have to draw attention to these political things as the head of state (no one has liberated me from this obligation). At least, I have to coordinate this work. It is not a secret for anybody. I've said all this because I don't want our opposition to turn this meeting in a campaign as well. I always want to be in the know about the situation at schools. And I am doing it publicly in various forms,” the Belarusian leader added.