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September 16, 2019
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PM Ponta requests verification of Olympians’ Baccalaureate

Premier Victor Ponta asked interim Education Minister Liviu Pop yesterday to verify the Baccalaureate organized for Olympic athletes and to maintain the CCTV monitoring system, pointing out that the system will not be eliminated in the future. At the same time, he asked the minister to explain why Olympic athletes took part in this special Baccalaureate session instead of high school students that took part in international competitions in math or physics. “I believe the Olympians’ Baccalaureate name has confused us all. People were thinking about students that took part in international math and physics competitions, when instead it was about athletes, many of which I suspect will not take part in the London Olympic Games,” the Prime Minister concluded, being quoted by Mediafax. The Prime Minister’s reaction comes after the special Baccalaureate session organized last week for students that are part of teams taking part in the Olympic Games or in international sport competitions raised a lot of questions. Octavian Morariu, President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR), was surprised by the high number of athletes taking part in this special examination session and asked for an “investigation,” considering that only 108 athletes are part of the National Olympic Centres for the Training of Juniors and have the appropriate age to undergo this examination. A total of 877 students took part in the examination session on May 21-31. Interim Education Minister Liviu Pop stated that 14 sports federations “have problems” with their list of candidates and it will be established whether 294 candidates could not have taken part in the regular Baccalaureate. The Education Ministry has already started an investigation.This session registered a graduation rate of 35 per cent after appeals were settled. 25 candidates were eliminated from the exam, being caught cheating or with mobile phones on them. The Education Ministry announced yesterday that the athletes that are part of the national gymnastics team and failed to pass the Baccalaureate will be helped to prepare for the August-September session.

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