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Romania: New Education Clauses Viewed As Discriminatory

Prague, 19 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The Romanian government has approved amendments to the education law, doing away with many of the law's provisions that were viewed as discriminatory by the Hungarian minority.

The amendments make possible studying in a mother tongue at all levels of education, and they do away with the obligation for national minorities to study disciplines such as history or geography in Romanian. The government also decided to change the name of the ministry from Ministry of Public Instruction into Ministry of National Education.

At the same meeting yesterday, the government approved a draft law on the status of the National Bank. The law gives full independence to the bank and says it is responsible for the stability of the national currency and of prices via the control of the money supply. The mandate of the National Bank's governor and its administrative council has been reduced from eight to five years.