Deputy minister of education resigns after plagiarism charges surface

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 20, 2018 10:51

Deputy minister of education resigns after plagiarism charges surface

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  • Muka accused Demo of copying and pasting an entire research paper from 2005 and then giving it his authorship.

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TIRANA, Oct. 20- Albania’s Deputy Minister of Education Ervin Demo resigned his post on Friday after being accused of plagiarism by Taulant Muka - a postdoctoral research at the department of epidemiology in the Netherlands.  

Muka accused Demo of copying and pasting an entire research paper from 2005 and then giving it his authorship.

“Could such people create educational reforms? Our Albania has many such examples; people who have nothing to do with teaching and education, ‘motivate’ our youth, direct departments, faculties and universities, and even make ‘politics’ in education! Our youth needs people with values and academics whose passion is education!’’, wrote Muka in a Facebook post on Oct. 7, where he also attached a screenshot of the original paper alongside the one copied by Demo.

Following, Demo announced he is resigning after being under attacks for two weeks. He said that he is choosing the interests of the Socialist cabinet and the ministry of education in general over his personal interests.

However, his resignation also comes in the framework of a new ‘lawful criteria verification’ (VKL) for the accreditation of all the accorded titles and degrees in the past ten years that the ministry for education has been preparing for the past few months.

“I would never wish it that in my position as deputy minister, I’d become the reason to judge this important element of our radical reform. Such transparent, strict and fair processes, are the only path to create a new approach for the educational system we aspire and to contribute in the proper organizational culture for promoting academic staff and young researchers,’’ said Demo in a Facebook post, where he also announced his resignation.

Demo did not fail to mention his gratitude to the education ministry and Prime Minister Rama, calling his leadership the right one in leading the country in the proper direction through the new reforms the government is undertaking and said he will remain a Socialist Party MP in order to further push these reforms forward.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 20, 2018 10:51