Romanian Education Minister resigns | The insider from Romania

Valentine Popathe education minister, has decided to resign, Agerpres reported.

The decision comes after talks with the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea. He met Popa after the Hungarian Union (UDMR) suspended the protocol it had with PSD following an order regarding the teaching of Romanian language courses in classrooms where teaching is done in the language national minorities.

The ordinance includes an article stipulating that, in the primary school cycle, Romanian language and literature lessons are given by teachers who have completed specialized higher education and not by the teacher normally assigned to teaching all subjects in the respective class.

The UDMR requested the cancellation of the article.

The protocol with the UDMR helps the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition to strengthen its majority in Parliament.

Last week, Kelemen Hunor, the president of the UDMR, called for Popa’s resignation because he made two decisions without consulting the representatives of the Hungarian Union. Kelemen called the collaboration with Popa “impossible” because there is no trust in him anymore, News.ro reported.

Today Dragnea said the UDMR was right that it would not discuss any further projects with the ruling coalition until the education issues were resolved.

Popa was appointed minister in January this year.

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