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October 4, 2022

Bilingual diplomas scandal in Targu Mures

Last Thursday PDL Senator Marius Pascan asked for the resignation of Stefan Somesan (PSD), the head of the Mures County School Inspectorate, claiming that the institution he leads has issued bilingual diplomas for high school graduates without this having “any connection with Romanian legislation.” The head of the County School Inspectorate (ISJ) on the other hand claims that the diplomas were issued by his deputy Ilyes Ildiko (UDMR) and do not have an official character. “The diplomas were made by UDMR and do not bear the state’s symbols or ISJ’s aegis, they are basically diplomas that anyone can make,” Somesan said. However, the representatives of UDMR Mures state the contrary. And so does UDMR President Kelemen Hunor who stated that the issuance of bilingual diplomas for high school graduates does not break any law and the diplomas are no less official or valid than other certificates. On the other hand, the representatives of the Education Ministry claim that the “so-called diplomas” are in fact “some symbolic papers” “one can pin up in one’s home,” having no value as a certificate or official document on whose basis one can enter tertiary education.

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