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May 16, 2022
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War between ruling power and opposition on ‘faculty without baccalaureate’ bill

The bill that has been recently tabled by PSD to also allow high-school graduates who have failed the baccalaureate exam this year to sit university entry exams has turned onto a true power-opposition war. PM Emil Boc yesterday asked USL leaders Victor Ponta and Crin Antonescu to withdraw their bill which he called ‘populist’. Boc told the opposition leaders not to give vain hopes to young people who, instead of looking for ‘alternatives’, should actually study. PSD President Victor Ponta answered immediately that the bill would only be withdrawn when the Government comes up with a plan for the 100,000 young people affected by the measure. ‘As soon as Mr. Boc, as prime-minister, introduces a social reintegration programme for the 100,000 young people, we will ask Mrs. Andronescu (…) to withdraw her bill,’ Ponta said. The controversial draft law was tabled by ex-Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu, Titus Corlatean and Cristian Dumitrescu. Another episode in the power vs. opposition war over the bill happened two years ago between Andronescu and sitting Education Minister Daniel Funeriu. Andronescu said she would sue the minister who had said that the purpose of her bill was to make money from ‘degree factories’.

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