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You're reading: Outdated educational system translates into lagging economy

The worst is the quality of doctoral education.
For management training, theWorld Economic Forum ranks Ukraine 116 out of 142 nations.
The situation is similarly bad in economics, law and languages, as is evident
from the excellent public debate in Zerkalo
Nedeli
and a report by CASE.

Depressingly, Education Minister Dmitry
Tabachnik could hardly care less about the real problems in Ukrainian education
– corruption, over-regulation, waste and poor quality. His endeavor to sovietize
Ukrainian historiography and promote russification attracts most attention. His
greatest “reform” has been to reduce ordinary school from the European standard
of 12 to 11, seemingly inspired by the destruction instigated by the late
Turkmenbashi.

As everybody knows, the greatest problem in the
Ukrainian education system is corruption. Students, or their parents, pay for
entry into institutions of higher education, and if necessary also for exams
and degrees. The Orange government of ex-President Viktor Yushchenko and
ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymosheno introduced independent national tests for
university entry.

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