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Tajik Students Win Ruling For Lower College Tuition

Khujand State University (file photo)
Khujand State University (file photo)
KHUJAND, Tajikistan -- A Tajik court has sided with students and ordered tuition at a university in northern Tajikistan to be lowered, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Judge Inoyatullo Ghulomov told RFE/RL that the judges in the case announced on May 6 that a tuition increase of $100-$200 imposed on students at the Khujand University of Law, Trade, and Politics was illegal and should be returned to the students.

In April, the scientific council at the university decided to add about $200 to the tuition of law students and about $100 for all other students.

Ghulomov said the university had been ordered to return tuition to the university to the previous rates of $700 per year for all students.

Students at the university filed an official complaint with the court against the increased tuition in October. Khujand University lawyer Gadoboy Ahmadov said the school would appeal the court decision.

There are some 10,500 students studying at the university.

Khujand is the second-largest city in Tajikistan and has a population of about 150,000.