"The external independent testing (EIT) is a tool of anti-corruption policy aiming to keep the university entrance procedure transparent. But it was introduced when the number of licensed places in high education institutions was much bigger than the number of those willing to join the university. Today, things are quite different. I have always supported the EIT, but it should not be just an element of joining the university", Shkarlet said.
The Minister added that the pandemic changed the authority's plans, and the EIT became part of the state final examination. Besides, Shkarlet said that the Ministry already makes certain steps to transform the EIT.
"Of course we should keep it, but in a specific form. For one, we could consider passing the test for learning capability - for those who already have qualifying period. Those who qualify for free tuition definitely need the EIT. And those who plan to qualify for paid tuition can pass the EIT as the test for learning capability", the official said.