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Kyrgyzstan plans to change election of rectors of higher education institutions

The deputy of the Parliament Zhyrgalbek Turuskulov submitted amendments to the law On Education for public discussion.

According to him, Kyrgyzstan is one of the first countries in Central Asia where the principle of election of heads of higher education institutions is applied.

Currently, the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic appoints one of the three candidates who received the largest number of votes in the elections.

«Proceeding from this, a candidate with the lowest number of votes can be approved for the post of the head of a university, which will lead to the appointment of the head of an educational institution without taking into account the opinion of the majority of the staff. Similar cases have already been and caused a negative reaction from the academic community,» background statement says.

In this regard, the deputy proposes to consider a candidate as elected and subject to approval, who won more than 50 percent of the votes from the number of the people who took part in the elections.

Revoting is to take place in case when none of the candidates has won the required number of votes, in which two candidates, who have received the largest number of votes, will take part. The prime minister is to approve the elected candidate in the post of head of a state university within five working days after the election.