University admissions reform in Tajikistan

A World Bank-funded project in Tajikistan that I first wrote about last year has now seen the implementation of a Unified Entrance Examination for university admissions under the remit of the National Testing Centre, a recent report notes. The purpose of the exam is two-fold: it aims both to widen participation in higher education and also remove …

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Calls to bring back Russian to Tajik classrooms

EurasiaNet's Konstantin Parshin has identified what he sees as a growing call EurasiaNet's Konstantin Parshin has identified what he sees as a growing call amongst Tajik parents for more and better Russian language instruction in primary schools. The article, at http://www.eurasianet.org/node/70211 and (c) EurasiaNet, offers an interesting angle on the oft-repeated theme of endemic corruption …

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Education deficit in Tajikistan, part 3

I didn't realise when I blogged last month about the skills deficit in Tajikistan that this would become the first in a rather sad series of stories about educational deficit. The first post was followed by a story from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, and today it's the turn of American funded website …

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‘Ninety percent of educators take bribes!’ – The sad and shocking truth about Uzbekistan’s universities

This is a re-post from a discussion series called 'Shoot Me', initiated by the brave and bold Uznews in Uzbekistan. It's on corruption in higher education: how and why it happens, and what the impact is. Read the original story at http://www.uznews.net/news_single.php?lng=en&sub=top&cid=4&nid=23567, from where you can also link to the 40 minute video interview which is …

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Skills deficit will bring Tajikistan to its knees; education and training must be prioritised

Avaz Saifiddinov, a journalist with as-independent-as-is-possible-in-Tajikistan Asia-Plus media group, this week reports [ru] – in almost apocalyptic terms – on the devastating impact that a lack of education and skills training can bring to a nation. He calls this qualification deficit the single biggest problem facing Tajikistan today, more so than corruption, lack of electricity …

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Tajik higher education: dress smart and pay up

Hello! Long time, no see... It's been an eventful summer with the events in Khorog, Tajikistan causing us great concern and anxiety. Life appears to be normalising again and I do hope the current calm prevails. On the home front I have been elected Chair of the Governing Body at our local primary school and …

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Corruption in Uzbekistan university entrance exams

Reposted from Eurasia.net rferl.org/content/uzbekistan-university-students-cheating/24662540.html Every July, Jamshid resigned himself to a month of study and buried his nose in his books. Like many bright young Uzbeks, he was determined to spend the month cramming -- poring through history books and brushing up on his language skills, all in a bid to ace his August 1 …

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Kyrgyzstan Trying to Systematize University Admissions, Curbing Corruption (repost from Eurasia.net)

This is a reposting from Eurasia.net - original article at http://www.eurasianet.org/node/65464. Inna Valkova is accustomed to the prying government officials and tax inspectors sent to investigate her operations. “Look at my office,” she tells them when they arrive, gesturing to the boxes of instruction sheets and rulebooks stacked around the small room. “Does it look like …

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Global, but not local: Tajikistan’s new Education Minister overlooks basic reform needs

Earlier this month, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon installed a new Minister of Education: the former Rector of Tajik National University Nuriddin Saidov. (The outgoing Minister Abdujabbor Rahmonov has been appointed Rector of Aini Pedagogical University. I don't know if there was a particular reason for the move - the only information I can find is from state …

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