The leadership of the Ministry of Education will be temporarily taken over by Research Minister Sebastian Burduja, spokesman for the government Dan Carbunaru announced on Friday morning.
Sorin Cîmpeanu Thursday night stepped down as education minister, amid plagiarism allegations. However, the announcement of his resignation made no reference to academic fraud accusations..
“I have decided, on my own accord, to step down as the education minister. It was an opportunity and an honour for me to start the fundamental reform of the national education system. I took over the portfolio not because I had nothing to do or to put ministry on my CV. I had both. I came at an extremely difficult time with a desire to change things for the better,” Cimpeanu wrote in a Facebook post.
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca announced, on Thursday evening, that he accepted the resignation of Sorin Cimpeanu from the position of Minister of Education.
“Today I accepted the resignation of Mr. Sorin Cimpeanu from the position of Minister of Education. I thank him for the collaboration so far and for the projects started for the benefit of the education system,” the prime minister wrote on his social media page.
The head of the Executive maintains that, “in the future, Romania needs stability and coherence to be able to implement the sustainable reform that we all want for education”.
“We are going to consult with the National Liberal Party and within the governing coalition and quickly validate the proposal that I will submit to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, for the position of minister,” Nicolae Ciuca stated.