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March 21, 2023

MPs want more time to debate education bill

The Chamber of Deputies’ education committee asked the chamber to extend debates on the draft education bill until Thursday, the committee’s chair, Social-Democrat Cristian Dumitrescu said, quoted by Agerpres. The committee, which so far passed only 85 of the bill’s 316 articles, has to issue a report on the law and submit it to plenary debates and voting before the law can be sent on to the decision-making chamber in the case, the Senate.

But Dumitrescu’s proposal triggered an angry response from the ruling Democrat Liberal Party’s lawmakers, who threatened to send the law to plenary vote without the committee’s report. As debates continued, the committee passed a new amendment to the law, granting pupils to be part of their schools’ boards of administration as observers.

The law contains a number of articles that caused trade unions and opposition’s discontent. Teachers and students are already preparing more protests against the law and the general state of the education system this week. The head of Spiru Haret Union Federation, Gheorghe Isvoranu, slammed the law and the ruling coalition last week, saying that the Democrat Liberals don’t want an education law that would make everybody content, but a law that “satisfies somebody’s wish.” He added that in order to serve this purpose, Education Minister Daniel Funeriu should have instead passed an emergency ordinance or take responsibility in Parliament over a new law, without any previous debates.

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