Alarm Sounded over Pseudo Education in Bulgaria

Society | November 6, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

The essentially "pseudo" training in Bulgaria's institutions of higher education is cause for more worry even than the illegal universities, Professor Saparev, Rector of Plovdiv university and deputy chairman of the parliamentary education commission, said at a press conference. Professor Saparev underlined that he aims to sound an alarm over the problem and declined to name any of what he called "fake" universities. Sometimes it takes no more than an attractive advertisement for these universities to mislead the young people, Saparev said. In his opinion another grave problem that faces Bulgarian education nowadays is the opening of legitimate state universities units in small settlements, where the quality of the education offered is very low. Invoking the market principle for the survival of the fittest, Professor Saparev said that the filtering of different universities into categories will be a reality one day, but nobody can set a date. He described the work of the National Agency for Accreditation as totally inefficient, since no body controls whether its decisions are evaded. Corruption, widespread in the words of Saparev in the institutions of higher education, poses another grave threat to the quality of education offered. Buying an entry into the university is hardly as terrible as buying exams or diplomas, the professor said. He conceded the Education Ministry is making efforts to fight illegal and pseudo education, but its actions are at a low pace and hampered by legislative obstacles. A new law on higher education is currently being prepared and is expected to be presented within a month.

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