Metal Science Expert Heads Bulgaria's Education Ministry
Bulgaria's Academy of Sciences (BAS) newly elected president Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov has been named the country's new education minister, replacing recently dismissed Sergey Ignatov.
Earlier in the day the government's press office announced that Milena Damyanova, who has been serving as Deputy Education Minister, will head the department, only to deny the information minutes later.
Vodenicharov's nomination should be approved by Bulgaria's parliament.
Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov was elected head of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences at the beginning of December. He replaced Acad. Stefan Dodunekov, who passed away in August just two months after being elected head of BAS.
Bulgaria's Education Minister, Sergey Ignatov, resigned from the post on Monday.
Ignatov submitted his resignation at the request of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, hours after the resignation of the manager of Bulgaria's embattled and scandal-ridden Scientific Research Fund, Hristo Petrov.
Petrov's resignation was also immediately accepted by Borisov.
The manager deposited his resignation after it emerged that a probe of the Inspectorate at the Council of Ministers had established staggering violations at the Fund such as hiring people without the required qualifications and violations in assessing scientific bids for financing.
At the beginning of December, hundreds of Bulgarian scientists and researchers staged protest rallies in outrage of what they say were Ignatov's attempts to cover-up the scandal at the Fund.
The PM stated Monday that he just learned about the violations and the scandal with financing science and research in Bulgaria and pledged that more heads would roll by the end of the day.
In 2012, 95 out of 1 200 projects have been approved for financing in the total amount of BGN 14.8 M, triggering outrage in the scientific community over what they see as lack of transparency and conflict of interests.
Many insist the money is actually given to companies close to the private New Bulgarian University, NBU, of which Ignatov was President before becoming Minister.
At a hearing before the Parliamentary Education Commission, Ignatov denied any wrongdoing at the Fund.
- » Digital Map will Provide Information About Schools in Sofia
- » This Bulgarian Business School Offers Bitcoin Scholarships
- » Number of Students in Bulgaria Decreased by 17% Due to the Low Birth rates and Migration
- » Newly Appointed Young Teachers have Increased more than 4 Times
- » 4506 Cases of Harassment and Bullying have been Registered in Schools in Bulgaria
- » Over 17,000 Children were Brought Back to Class in Bulgaria