MOSCOW, September 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated schoolchildren, students and teachers on the Day of Knowledge marked in Russia on September 1, the school year beginning.
"Today is a special day for all schoolchildren, students and certainly for their parents -- the beginning of the new school year. I want to congratulate all of you on the Day of Knowledge and wish you interesting studies, bright lectures, bright teachers and, of course, good friends who will be together with you," the premier said in his video-blog address.
Medvedev noted that 13.4 million pupils would go to school in Russia this year -- 100,000 more than last year. Almost 1.5 million will sit down at the desks for the first time. "It is pleasant that the number of first-year pupils rises for six consecutive years," he added.
More than nine million students will begin to study at universities, institutes and colleges, he noted.
The premier addressed people who are in the flooded regions in the Far East. Everything will be done to repair schools and other educational institutions as fast as possible to study there, he assured.