Aracely Moreno, former president of the National Union of Educators (UNE) and one of the highest political leaders of the Popular Democratic Movement (MPD), protested about the alleged plagiarism of the thesis of Jorge Glas, the former minister of Strategic Sectors and presidential duo of Rafael Correa, and demanded the implementation of a true meritocracy in the country.
“We call upon the Escuela Politecnica to give us an answer because according to the regulations of the Higher Education Act, after 10-years-of-graduating you from any career one cannot get the title, because the classes assignments has changed and will require that the graduate returns to school,” said Moreno.
Glas did his thesis after graduating 12 years ago. The standard of academic entity has no clear regulations on the graduated subject. Moises Tacle, former director of ESPOL, explained that if a person leaves his career for some reason and returns years later to renew it must take a new set of majors.
While in the case of graduates, the regulation indicates that ESPOL must have passed its curriculum, and there is no mention of a time frame for that.