Interest in higher education is falling in Russian prisons

As of October 1, 960 convicts receive higher education remotely in the institutions of the penitentiary system of Russia, despite the fact that last year there were 16 percent more such students, the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) told Oktagon.

According to the internal regulations of correctional institutions, prisoners have the right to study at universities in absentia at their own expense and remotely at the expense of the federal budget. In the conditions of the penitentiary system, they manage to get two or three diplomas, but no records are kept.

Representatives of the Federal Penitentiary Service noted that there are no students in foreign universities in Russian colonies.

The largest number of prisoners become students not of universities, but of federal state professional educational institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service and their branches, where workers and employees are trained.

– Based on the results of the 2020/21 academic year, 5,031 convicts received a working profession in educational programs of secondary vocational education, and 114,274 convicts received a working profession in basic vocational training programs. The total number of persons scheduled for training in the 2022/23 academic year is 98,721 convicts, of which 6,621 are convicts in educational programs of secondary vocational education, and 92,100 convicts in basic vocational training programs, the Federal Penitentiary Service told Oktagon.

In the 2021/22 academic year, such subordinate organizations conducted training in 145 working specialties. Main areas: light industry technology (36 thousand people), construction equipment and technology (14.6 thousand), mechanical engineering (9.4 thousand), electric and thermal power engineering (9.3 thousand). The list of professions is formed annually, taking into account their demand in the labor markets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where prisoners can work after release.

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In addition, Russians under the age of 30 who find themselves in colonies, prisons and hospitals must receive a general education. As of October 1, the number of such “schoolchildren” reached 41,652 people. Moreover, if during the 2020/21 academic year 10,023 students entered, this year there are already 11,192.

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