Romania’s education minister resigns amid plagiarism allegations

A few hours before a decisive meeting with Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, the Romanian Minister of Education Sorin Cimpeanu – under fire for alleged plagiarism – decided to quit. “I decided, on my own, to resign,” he said.

His appointment to the cabinet of Florin Citu in December 2020 sparked protests from civic organizations for his previous actions as a minister in the cabinet of Victor Ponta (social democrat) in favor of those accused of plagiarism. President Klaus Iohannis, who made the “Educated Romania” program his main political objective during the two-term term, however supported Cimpeanu until his resignation. With evidence of plagiarism surfacing in the media, it became a liability, however, to the president’s goals.

According to News.ro, the president’s adviser, Ligia Deca, is on the shortlist to replace Cimpeanu. Research Minister Sebastian Burduja will serve as acting education minister until a new appointment.

In his parting words, Minister Cimpanu highlighted his main achievement – ​​the “Educated Romania” bill, which has been constantly criticized by experts since its publication for its lack of vision and pragmatism.

Notably, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is also under fire for plagiarism.

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Helen D. Jessen