Here are some facts about Ukraine’s educational system: About 33 percent of Ukrainians admitted to giving bribes for education in the past year, according to recent Transparency International findings. Petro Melnyk, the former rector of the Tax Academy is living testimony to corruption in universities. He was caught red-handed receiving bribes for enrolling two students, and then escaped from house arrest as his case was being heard in court. So much for an educator’s moral standards.
But corruption is just one of many problems in this sector. Despite spending more money as a percentage of gross domestic product on education than many developed countries, the standards of education in Ukraine are slipping every year, and seem to be at a critical point.
As we researched stories for this week’s focus on education, we found that many of Ukraine’s businesses have given up hope that they can hire adequate employees trained within the existing education system. Many of them offer on-the-job training as a result and even open corporate universities to ensure there is a steady supply of skilled workers.