Visa Denials Of American Educators Pressure International School In Moscow

You may be the best international school in Thailand or anywhere else in the world, but if you find yourself in a conflict with your state’s foreign ministry, then you have all the rights in the world to feel uneasy.

Just recently, both the U.S. and the British embassies expressed their concerns over Russia’s foreign ministry after thirty teachers from the United States were not able to receive their respective visas. Russia’s foreign ministry confided that the teachers should not be given their visas as the school was not encompassed by the U.S. embassy and was just a commercial enterprise.

School’s History

For the record, the origin of the English-language school could be traced back in 1949 through the collaborative efforts of the American, British, and Canadian governments. It was brought up as a non-profitable organization and various representatives from the aforementioned countries have come over in order to run the said school.

Adverse Effects

The said blocking of the thirty visas would be very detrimental to the over-all welfare of the school as the reduction of teachers may challenge the school’s very foundation and organizational structure. This means that those existing teachers may be allocated with additional teaching responsibilities and may also beget the disenrollment of some students.

In regards to the said issue, Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia stated that “children should not be used as pawns in diplomatic disputes”.

Furthermore, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has also seen a significant decrease in the number of their staff after the Russian government fired greater than 50% of their personnel roughly two years ago. That action was said to be Russia’s retribution after the United States arguably held the visa of many Russians for almost a year because of Russia’s role in Ukraine conflict and election interference.

Lastly, former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul said that these kinds of conflict are inevitable, yet it would be poorly justifiable to include the innocent children in the said conflict.

Nevertheless, it is still very important to set aside misunderstandings for the sake of the children. At the end of the day, just like what the best international school in Thailand believes, education indeed must not be compromised at all cost.


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