On 16 March 2017, the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, sent a letter to the Prime-Minister asking to replace the history subject “History of Romanians” in schools with “History of Moldova” starting from the 2017-2018 academic year.
One of the reasons for replacement stated by Dodon is that the current “History of Romanians” keeps the tension in the society regarding the future of the Moldovan state and would impede the consolidation of its statehood.
The President claims that the biggest part of Moldova’s population is for introducing “History of Moldova” in the school curriculum.
Historian Virgil Pîslariuc believes that Dodon’s claim is illegitimate, because the politicians cannot demand how to present history and should leave the responsibility to the academic sphere.
Dodon is known for his policy of over-promoting Moldovan identity and statehood in contrast to the Romanian identity of most of Moldovans.