University suspends staffers over medical school admissions

The University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa said that it had suspended several staff members at its medical school after being singled out in a probe looking into a pay-for-placement scheme at the institution, writes Nkosikhona Duma for Eyewitness News.

For years, the institution has faced allegations of fraudulent student admissions and a probe has revealed that deserving students may have been denied highly sought-after spaces due to corruption. The university has confirmed to Eyewitness News that its information technology system was previously compromised by what it called a group of dishonest staff members.

A leaked 2016 forensic report by accounting firm KPMG, seen by Eyewitness News, detailed several student admission anomalies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s medical school. These include the denial of space for deserving students after the use of an incorrect quintile ranking system in 2014 and racial criteria that did not form part of official policy between 2014 and 2015.
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