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of parents of high school students planning to enter a university don’t give thought to the fact that their children may end up studying in a different region. Five years ago, the number of such parents was higher at 60%.

Opponents of moving currently believe that their region has good educational institutions (this view is held by 24% of parents of high school students). Others simply do not want to let go of their children (17%).

In addition, some of the respondents admitted that having children live in another region is unacceptably expensive for them (7%). Some believe that their children are not independent enough to live in another city (6%).

These data were obtained from a survey of Russian households that was conducted in the autumn of 2013 as part of the Monitoring of Education Markets and Organizations (MEMO), a study carried out jointly by the Higher School of Economics and the Public Opinion Foundation. A news bulletin on the research is planned for publication in the second half of 2014.


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of parents say that their children study in vocational schools, colleges or training schools because they need to ‘get on their feet’ as soon as possible and begin earning income for the family.