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March 3, 2021
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Education minister: University without Baccalaureate, false information

No one can enrol to university and become a student ‘without presenting a Baccalaureate diploma or certificate attesting to the promotion of the Baccalaureate exams’, National Education Minister Remus Pricopie noted on Thursday, after some media sources had published ‘false information’ about the recently adopted methodology for the organisation and operation of non-academic tertiary education. ‘No one can enrol to university and gain the status of a student, nowhere in the Romanian territory, without a Baccalaureate diploma or certificate attesting to the promotion of the Baccalaureate exams. The <college’s phrase appearing in the emergency ordinance has the same meaning as ‘post-high school’, with the difference that this form of education may also be organised by universities’, Minister Pricopie informs in a press release, according to Agerpres.
According to him, both the National Education Law and the recently adopted methodology regulate the organisation and operation of non-academic tertiary education. ‘In fact, the methodology even contains in its headline the phrase <non-academic tertiary education>. Therefore’ we either see a poor quality journalistic act, or a deliberate misleading attempt on the public. According to the Education Law 1/2001, with subsequent adjustments and amendments, accredited universities may set up pre-academic units of education – colleges – accessible, as always, also to high school graduates who do not have a Baccalaureate diploma. Those people are not students and do not attend the courses of a faculty, they just attend activities specific to post-high school education in spaces provided by a certain university. Upon graduation, the trainees receive a diploma certifying their vocational qualification, not one that could match a degree programme. As a form of stimulating continuation of education and integration of high school graduates with or without Baccalaureate diplomas on the job market, they have always been able to attend a post-high school form of education’, the minister of national education explains.
Several dailies stated on Thursday that the Ministry of National Education opened universities’ doors to young people who do not have a Baccalaureate diploma.

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