Why One Should Support the Kyiv Post

Editorial Note: The Kyiv Post has informed us that they had removed the advertisement of their website – we applaud the Kyiv Post for its quick and correct reaction, and we’d like to repeat: we are big fans and avid readers of the Kyiv Post

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On April 22 advertising on the Kyiv Post Website proposes students to buy term papers. Helping students to get credentials in an unfair way is not in the interest of Ukraine. Surveys show widespread corruption in higher education. By not making publicity for cheating services, the Kyiv Post can contribute directly to the reform of the Ukrainian educational system and help thousands of educators and parents throughout Ukraine who on a daily basis try to convince students that they should work hard to get ahead in life.

We, at VoxUkraine, are big fans and avid readers of the Kyiv Post. But an April 22 advertising on the Kyiv Post Website has disappointed us a lot. The advertising starts as follows

“Hey! Are you a student who fully lost mind just because you do not know how to complete your writing term paper? Are you struggling to meet the tight deadlines for the submission of the term paper? Well, this problem is not only the problem of yours; but it is the problem of millions of students across the world.

As a student, you have to complete many writing assignment like term paper, essay paper, research paper and so on. Most of the students find it very hard to write those writing assignments and the situation is even worse, if the assignments have to be completed in a particular format and within a stipulated time frame.

If you also struggle with this tough situation during your academics then you have an option! Yes, you can solve this problem in a smart way[1]!”

And then provides information about a company which sells term papers to students. So you can now read the Kyiv Post to find professionals who will pretend they are you.

The Kyiv Post’s motto is Independence. Community. Trust.

The April 22 advertising on the Kyiv Post Website, which proposes students to buy term papers rather than write term papers themselves is in direct conflict with Kyiv Post’s motto. Helping students to get credentials in an unfair way is not in the interest of Ukraine. It does not lead to trust, if anything it destroys trust.

Editorial Note: The Kyiv Post has informed us that they had removed the advertisement of their website – we applaud the Kyiv Post for its quick and correct reaction, and we’d like to repeat: we are big fans and avid readers of the Kyiv Post. We encourage our English-speaking readership to subscribe to this oldest and best Ukrainian newspaper in English. The ad is a one time incident and does not represent a systemic issue. VoxUkraine has been unable to find other examples of this type of ads on the KyivPost site.

Over the last 20 years, the Kyiv Post has helped Ukraine struggle against corruption by critically reporting about unsound practices of individuals, companies and businesses. The Kyiv Post has always been a staunch supporter of reforming Ukraine and now has a regular Reform Watch series where “The Kyiv Post will be tracking the progress made by Ukraine’s post-EuroMaidan Revolution leaders in making deep structural changes in the public interest.”

The April 22 advertising on the Kyiv Post Website, which proposes students to buy term papers rather than write term papers themselves is in direct conflict with Kyiv Post’s fight against corruption and for reforms, and undermines the ongoing reforms of Ukraine’s educational system .

Research has shown that such reform of the Ukrainian educational system is badly needed – Surveys show widespread corruption in higher education. One survey found that ‘the majority (64.5%) of respondents who had dealings with representatives of institutions of higher learning over the past 12 months were faced with some sort of corruption’. Other research has shown that students in Ukraine are much more likely to cheat and are also much more likely to think that nothing is wrong with cheating, as compared to US students. The Kyiv Post also has reported on the extent of this problem of student cheating.

By not making publicity for cheating services, the Kyiv Post can contribute directly to the reform of the Ukrainian educational system and help thousands of educators and parents throughout Ukraine who on a daily basis try to convince students that they should work hard to get ahead in life rather than by cheating the system.

We hope the Kyiv Post can add its changed advertisement policy to the next Reform Watch article.

Notes

[1] The text up to here is literally taken from the advertisement ran by the Kyiv Post on April 22, 2015

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