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Minister: HEC, probably, tampered with university assessment data

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Roberts Kilis

“All allegations against me in relation to the assessment of universities are actually intended for the Higher Education Council (HEC) and its manager Janis Vetrs,” – notes Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis.

The Education and Science Ministry (ESM) performed an assessment of the data compiled by the HEC using publicly available and easily explained methodology. Only now, university representatives are ready to admit that the data was incorrect and generally fabricated. This is the utmost responsibility of HEC, not ESM. Janis Vetrs as a manager needs to answer for both his colleagues and taxpayers for conditions under which the data was collected, as well as its authenticity and usefulness, says the minister.

According to the minister’s information, the HEC had corrected results of foreign experts. “After foreign experts left, local experts decided to combine the points, so that the assessment would not look unfinished. What’s more – there were often conflicting opinions between foreign and local experts,” – notes University of Latvia Rector Marcis Auzins.

If what he says is true and what the minister said, the HEC, possibly, lied to the Latvian public and the Cabinet of Ministers that the published data is to be considered genuine. “If it turns out HEC had fabricated the data, given that millions of LVL were used on the assessment, I will inform the General Prosecutor’s office and CPCB. I will also call the Council to resign, and I will work to make sure there is a new, quality assessment carried out,” – promises the minister.

BNN previously reported that ESM had declared 189 (22%) education programs to be of low quality. These programs are said to have serious flaws and students do not receive what they hope. The assessment of HEC, on the other hand, uncovered only 55 low quality programs.

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