Kazakhstan may toughen punishment for bribery in universities
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The head of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Marat Akhmetzhanov, at a republican meeting with the participation of university rectors, spoke about the state of corruption in the country's higher educational institutions according to Transparency International, Kazpravda.kz reports.
According to the Chairman of the Agency, most corruption cases in universities are registered: in Atyrau - 24%, Nur-Sultan - 20%, Shymkent - 12.5%, Almaty - 12%, Almaty - 12%, Mangistau - 10% and Turkestan region - 9%.
"Most often, unofficial payments were typical for closing the session - 64% and admission to the university - 14%. In every third case, the initiative came from university employees, in other cases through intermediaries and third parties. In 95 percent of cases, money from 5 thousand to 200 thousand tenge were paid. In other cases - flowers or sweets were presented. 28% of the respondents said that there was no other option, and every fifth said that it is more convenient and easier to solve the issue," Akhmetzhanov announced.
As a solution to this issue, the Agency proposes to strengthen sanctions under Article 247 of the Criminal Code, which provides for liability for receiving illegal remuneration by an employee of a non-governmental organization, which includes university teachers within the framework of the Anti-Corruption Policy Concept being developed.
"This measure will make it possible to transfer the composition from criminal offenses to the category of a crime of medium gravity," the speaker noted.