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Cash, sex paid for tutor's help

A 70-YEAR-OLD professor of music history has admitted accepting cash and sex from a female student in return for helping her enter a doctorate program, a Beijing newspaper reported yesterday.

A professor and doctoral tutor surnamed Liang at the Beijing-based Central Conservatory of Music confessed to the school's discipline inspection department in July, accompanied by his wife, Beijing News reported.

Liang had already returned 100,000 yuan (US$14,600) to the girl surnamed Zou who had given him the money and sex in return for higher scores to boost her chances of admission.

In May when results were announced, Zou failed to get in. In China, doctoral candidates are usually evaluated by a panel of professors giving separate marks.

Sources said Zou had badgered Liang after that, and Liang decided to turn himself in, according to the paper.

"He was honest while confessing to the school in a tearful voice," a spokesman for the school, surnamed He, was quoted as saying.

Liang's rights to teach, enroll students and conduct academic research within the school had been revoked, said He.

Liang was a retired professor who was re-employed by the school because of his professional talents, He said, "thus it was not a question of firing him, and we could only revoke his rights in school."

"It's the first time such a scandal has happened in the school since it was founded in 1950," He said.

Liang was a well-known professor specializing in China's modern music history and had appeared on CCTV's popular "Lecture Room" program.


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