Bulgarian Ruling Party Self-Congratulating on Education Policy

Education | December 23, 2010, Thursday // 19:39|  views

Bulgarian Minister of Education Sergei Ignatov. Photo by BGNES.

Minister of Education Sergei Ignatov has staged a show of self-congratulation by awarding like-minded politicians from the ruling GERB party for their contribution to educational policy.

All politicians who received the yearly distinction of the Ministry of Education are from Ignatov's GERB, excluding three MPs from the Ataka nationalist party, which has this far been a stauch GERB supporter in Parliament.

Among those awarded are a number of GERB MPs sitting on the parliamentary Education Committee, Ignatov's own deputy Sylvia Hubenova, as well as Sofia mayor from GERB Yordanka Fandakova.

The holders of the distinction include GERB back-bencher Rumen Stoilov, who recently tabled a controversial legislative proposal that, if adopted, will lead to the dissolution of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

BAS chief research secretary Stefan Hadjitodorov characterized that as "an insult" to the Academy and commented that apparently Education Minister Ignatov has chosen to award precisely those politicians who have been consistently helping him push his controversial reforms in the fields of education and research.

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Tags: Sergei Ignatov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, education, research, GERB, Yordanka Fandakova, Ataka


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