Ministry of Education upon completion of investigation by KNB has canselled 65 educational grants and credits which were rendered to university entrants in 2001

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12:10 17.10.2001
text: Caspian news agency
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Serik Irsaliev, Director of the National Center of State Standards of Education and Testing of the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science at a press-conference in Almaty on October 16, 2001 informed journalists that the Ministry in the result of KNB investigation has canselled 65 educational grants and credits which were rendered to university entrants in 2001. Cansellation of grants is the result of activity of different groups of swindlers in major cities of Kazakhstan. Swindlers charged US$2-3 thousand from the parents of university entrants for helping them pass exams. Instead of IDs they submitted to examining bodies the birth certificates with no photoes. In fact stooges were passing exams instead of entrants. In that case programmists and technical secretaries of the universities were in collusion. T.Irsaliev noted that in Taraz after a swindler was revealed a big froup of students did not show up at exams. Other participants of swindling were revealed after exams were over. The entrants were proposed to be retested but they failed to collect sufficient number of points. Swindlers were not caught. Canselled grants will be rendered to other students that have collected less points than those false ones. Commssion that investigated the cases decided to propose to one of rectors to resign. Director Irsaliev said also that Center will evolve new standard rules of holding complex testing in 2002 which will take into account the said drawbacks. Particularly, entrants submitting their documents will be asked to present their IDs, requirement of placing entrants in auditoria will be tightened, part of controlling mandate will be delegated to regional

centers of testing. "It seems that the rules will also envisage the possibility of holding retesting of groups of students where there will be observed "anomalous results" - he said. T.Irsaliev concluded that in general the system of complex testing proved to be stable, efficient and ability of internal control of the testing process.