The hardships of the recent past are taking a toll on ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. Anecdotal evidence indicates Kyrgyz Uzbeks’ educational aspirations are shriveling.
Life for many Uzbeks living in Osh, Jalalabad and other southern areas took a drastic turn for the worse following inter-ethnic rioting in June 2010. Since then, Uzbeks continue to face discrimination, along with the loss of economic opportunities.
Now, lacking access to high-skill jobs and public servant posts, Uzbeks appear to be rapidly losing interest in education. Manzura Aslanova, the principal of Osh secondary school # 9 named after Rudaki, has noticed a sharp decline in the number of Uzbek students moving on to high school. Uzbek is the language of instruction at school #9 and most of the students are minority Uzbeks.
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