I still remember when a year ago a friend of mine was breaking his neck to enter the Polytechnic Institute , and now he is just fed up and wants to leave it.
Who does not know about the corrupted system of our «State» Universities?… But shshshsh….
Our Ministry of Education stuffs his ears and closes his eyes: « Don’t hear , don’t see, don’t believe… we promote our education.. » .
How? This way? Chasing away your students? Having graduated from your universities they are likely to say : «Thanks God that you didn’t let me die among these charlatans..»
My friend studies at free education system. Incidentally one can study there if his father has enough money to pay for the entrance, which is of course done illegally, or if one is a wonderkid. He belongs to the second group. The thing is that the so called professors, or rather «profbribers», still torture him, not grading and flunking. Regardless of the fact that the student knows all the questions with their answers by heart. «You know , but in the same time you don’t know»: this is their usual eulogy to the matter. After this a slight gesture with fingers is followed, you all know that, when they want money in sordo language in case if the student has a recorder with him.
So, after tormenting him for several weeks with « Go home, study WELL, come tomorrow»s they at last flunked him from two subjects, because he was not able to study WELL ( I hope you guess what they meant by saying that). But the funny part is that he is not a usual student, but one who studies at free educational system, which means if he doesn’t pass his exams he will be transferred into fee-paying system. Ba! Now think over it…
When he turned for a help to a man from that field, he simply said: “ At least pay 10000 dram and say that’s all you have”. Yeah.. How could he haven’t hit upon it before?
Funny , very phony… At first what professor will take 10000 drams when he is used to 400$. 2nd- Where will he take that money from? He is a first year student yet and doesn’t work, this is not America where all have work. His family barely survives..
But wait .. I’ve forgotten.. He receives 5000 drams scholarship for being such a good student and studying at free system. So, what we have? The money meant to be a stimulating factor for the student to study more, can also be used as a bribe. Just great! What a nice merry-go-round educational system we have! Government pays for the scholarship, professors take it, and who knows , may be in their turn they pay taxes to the university.
And as a result the students have artificial minds and artificial diplomas. That is why nowadays we have so much dump doctors, who’d better grow plants ( it’d be of more use) and engineers who now lead so much con-de-structions in our progressing city ( I’ll not wonder if in some 10 years the buildings at Northern Avenue will just fall into ruins) and ecologists who decide in place of what tree the café table would fit more ( and also in some 10 years when you go to that cafe don’t forget to order a cup of oxygen).
This we are- nation who starves for education.. Sounds good, right? But feels also good?
Shall our students be able to stop this one day? Ultimately the students by themselves are the main promoters of all this. This is a comfort for the students whose cell phones are with the golden numbers, whose cars are with “ 00”s ( I’ve always been wondering why these zeroes are so authorized being associated with toilet and emptiness) and as a matter of fact they are so dense. And such girls need the diploma for the dowry only. “ My daughter has graduated from the State University.. ho ho ho!”… Big deal!
In the whole this raises a question- Has the student offered a bribe first or the professors demanded money? But in any case, are that profs devoid of compassion and doesn’t know who they should take money from and who they shouldn’t? Just that’s a matter of habit and all.. I presume…
Now I appeal to those students who has ever faced this corruption. Why do you undergo that influence? You must stand your right. Don’t afraid to tell the public about it. Make your profs blush with guilt. Threaten them that you will take measures and will not leave it so. Believe me, they chicken so much when the student stands against. I tell this from my own experience. It was only once when all my course paid bribe except me. The lecturer inquired in such an ironically tone whether I knew the subject so well that I denied paying money. But I was so confident of my knowledge and answered with such an audacity that she got afraid and had no chance but to grade me 5 (out of 5).
This proofs once more that this is real and everyone can do it.