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Kazakh Education Official Sacked After School Sex Abuse Scandal

PETROPAVLOVSK, Kazakhstan -- A senior education official in northern Kazakhstan has been sacked following a sex abuse scandal at a local boarding school, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

North Kazkahstan Oblast Governor Serik Bilyalov told the regional council on April 22 that Temirghali Abilmazhinov, head of the Education Directorate in North Kazkahstan Oblast, had been sacked after it was proven that elementary school pupils in a boarding school in the region have been systematically sexually abused by older students.

The scandal erupted after parents of some elementary school pupils demanded an investigation into their children's complaints. It was revealed that the children had been sexually abused by older students on a regular basis.

Nine teachers and employees at the boarding school were dismissed this week and may face charges of negligence. The North Kazakhstan Police Department has opened an investigation.

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