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Doubt cast on labour minister’s academic title

Labour Minister Ján Richter was awarded his academic title despite graduating from an unaccredited degree programme, the Sme daily has reported. Although Richter claims that he got the diploma confirming his bachelor’s degree signed on January 19, 2002, the then rector of the school where he studied claims that at that time the specialisation in which he graduated lacked accreditation, the daily reported.

Labour Minister Ján Richter was awarded his academic title despite graduating from an unaccredited degree programme, the Sme daily has reported. Although Richter claims that he got the diploma confirming his bachelor’s degree signed on January 19, 2002, the then rector of the school where he studied claims that at that time the specialisation in which he graduated lacked accreditation, the daily reported.

Milan Murgaš, who at the time was rector of Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica and is a former member of the Smer party, said that he does not know how it is possible that Richter, as well as 38 other external students studying the specialisation International Law and Relations, was awarded his diploma and allowed to continue with his studies

The situation has not been clarified by the deans of the faculty at which Richter studied. Pavel Kandráč, who left the faculty after he was elected national ombudsman, has denied signing the controversial diplomas, while his successor, Július Kováč, has not commented on the issue yet.

The validity of the diploma and the suspicion that signatures were backdated will now have to be checked by the Accreditation Committee, a national body.

Yet, while the committee says that it has to receive an official request from the Education Ministry, Education Minister Dušan Čaplovič says that it is only within the competence of the committee – not him – whether it decides to check the title or not, Sme wrote.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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