Minister quits over teaching of Romanian in minority schools
BUCHAREST - Associated Press
Valentin Popa told the Mediafax news agency on Thursday he disagreed with a demand by the party that represents the interests of Romania’s 1.3 million Hungarians to allow Hungarian-speaking teachers to keep teaching Romanian.
The Union of Democratic Hungarians made the demand in response to a new rule introduced in August that allowed only teachers trained to teach Romanian to instruct ethnic Hungarian students in the language.
The leader of Romanian’s ruling Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, declined to back Popa after the Hungarian party’s chairman threatened to pull the party’s support over the teaching issue.