Sources: Ukrainian professors are told to downgrade students to pay fewer stipends

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Dec. 6, 2012, 10:20 p.m. | Ukraine — by Daria Zadorozhnaya, Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukrainian students came out on protest in Kyiv on Aug. 1 to demand to raise their stipends. The government bowed to pressure and raised the stipends then. Now professors in a few universities told the Kyiv Post that their universities are allegedly trying to cut the number of stipends by downgrading students.

Daria Zadorozhnaya

Yuriy Onyshkiv

In Ukraine, where state officials lose billions of hryvnias a year to the state budget by holding uncompetitive tenders and not closing offshore tax havens, the government is allegedly trying to scrimp on students' stipends. Some educators say they are being told to save money by artificially failing students, thus making some of them ineligible for stipends.

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