Tajikistan: Student Medic Pays $16,000 Admission Bribe
The size of the alleged bribe needed to get an aspiring medical student into college in Tajikistan is, it turns out, enough to cover annual fees at some British universities.
Asia-Plus news website reported this week that the deputy rector of the Tajik State Medical University, Dilshod Solehov, is being investigated on suspicion he solicited an $16,000 payment in return for enrolling an Indian student who had failed his entrance exam.
Perhaps the only surprising aspect of this news is that somebody is actually facing prosecution. Medicine and education constitute a peak nexus of corruption in Tajikistan. The state anti-corruption agency — itself burdened with bad apples — have assessed the Health Ministry and the Education and Science Ministry as the two most graft-stricken government institutions.
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