National Examinations Center gets a new head in controversial appointment
Author: By Ia Natsvlishvili
The controversy over the dismissal of the Head of the National Examinations Center (NEC), Maia Miminoshvili, caught media’s attention this week. On May 28, the Ministry of Education and Science fired Miminoshvili from her position citing a disagreement between the ministry’s policy and the “personal position” of the NEC as the reason.
While speculations emerged about the political motives behind the dismissal – family members of Miminoshvili allegedly participated in the anti-government rally on May 27– the Ministry didn’t provide any further details.
The NEC is a body of the Ministry of Education which is responsible for administering graduation, university entrance, and teacher certification exams and tests, thus playing a central role in reforming the education system in Georgia.
For Miminoshvili, the news was “a surprise.” She explained commenting for a local magazine: “If I suggested to Minister [Dimitri Shashkin] my own positions, it did not mean that I wanted to impose my opinion on him.”