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Rectors' Council repeatedly urges Kilis to resign

Vilnis Bulava caricature "Are you ready for reform?" Photo: Davis Gutmanis/LETA.
 RIGA, Nov 15 - Latvian Rectors' Council believes that the Education and Science Ministry's alternative assessment of higher education curricula is unlawful and manipulative, and can do unpredictable damage to the reputation of Latvian higher education, therefore Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis should step down.
"We urge minister Roberts Kilis to take political responsibility and, as befits a statesman, announce his resignation from the post of education and science minister," the council said in a statement released today.
The Council of the Association of Latvian Students also decided at an extraordinary meeting today to issue a no-confidence statement against Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis and request he step down.
As reported, the Higher Education Council's evaluation of universities and colleges' study programs concluded that 55 programs were of poor quality. An alternative assessment by the Education and Science Ministry increased the figure to 162 or 19.4 percent of all study programs, suggesting that state funding be discontinued for these programs.
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