Controversial Minister of Education Dmytro Tabachnyk took part in last Friday's 'Shuster Live' programme. He responded to questions from students in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv in a most disdainful and dismissive manner .
As I was watching it suddenly struck me the man has a marked resemblance to [and the charm of?] infamous wife-poisoner Dr Crippen [see photo]. More on the doctor and his colourful associates here
Its easy to see why Tabachnyk is so unpopular - he has an emotionless, chilly aura about him.
[Picture of Tabachnyk himself here ]
During the programme members of the representative audience aged between 18-29 were asked whether they "had come across corruption in the sphere of education". An astonishing 73% said they had. When asked whether this problem could be overcome and beaten, about half said it could not. For anyone that has passed through a western education system the first figure is almost incredible. Sadly, many Ukrainian higher qualifications must be assumed to be highly suspect.
p.s. A good article on Ukraine's education system and the problems it faces from 'K.P.' here