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Latvian Rectors' Council issues statement of no confidence in Kilis

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 07.09.2012.Print version
Latvian Rectors' Council has decided to issue a statement of no confidence in Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis, Daugavpils University Rector Arvids Barsevskis, chairman of the Rectors' Council, confirmed to LETA today.

The Rectors' Council and Kilis were involved in several disputes lately regarding new university and college accreditation rules.


A majority of participants in a meeting of the Rectors' Council today supported issuing the statement of no confidence in Kilis, blaming the minister for being unprofessional and chaotic, the council's representative Janis Bernats told LETA.


In an open letter to Kilis, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity), Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee head Ina Druviete (Unity), Rectors' Council says that the minister ignores education professionals' opinions, has still not begun reforms to the higher education system, although the reforms were originally announced almost a year ago, and has been unable to present any specific proposals regarding the development of the education system.


"In almost a year since Kilis took office, no proposals regarding "Kilis' reforms" to higher education system have been made. Instead, the minister continues to make controversial statements to the media, which make the future of the education sector all the more uncertain," says the letter.


The council believes that Kilis' statements have created unhealthy and demotivating atmosphere in the education sector.


The Rectors' Council invites Kilis to a meeting next week, where the minister is expected to finally present a specific plan of reforms.


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