Higher Education Becoming Unaffordable

Would-be students and their parents are dismayed at a massive increase in university tuition fees, which many say will make them revise plans to go on to higher education.

Higher Education Becoming Unaffordable

Would-be students and their parents are dismayed at a massive increase in university tuition fees, which many say will make them revise plans to go on to higher education.

Friday, 3 July, 2009
Davlatsho Etiborov reports that most universities in Tajikistan have increased their fees by 15 or 20 per cent for the new academic year. The most prestigious courses such as law and economics will cost 50 per cent more, because of the market value of this kind of degree.



Mirzonoim Bukhori has one son at university and wants the other three children to follow. But he says, “Four or five hundred dollars is a lot of money to us. We work day and night…. Believe me, I can’t pay my gas and electricity bills on time right now. I let them mount up for two or three few months and then I pay them.”



Education ministry official Fathiddin Usmonov confirms that universities are allowed to set their own rates, although these have to be approved by government.
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