The drama of the Romanian school


Lack of perspective is among the fundamental deficits of ruling factors in present-day Romania. Almost by definition, the Romanian politician of our times preponderantly or even exclusively cares about himself and his entourage, without any consideration for the economic-social environment he belongs to, for its long-term unity and organic character. Many of our politicians thus became prisoners of today, defining its importance exclusively through personal affluence acquired by any means. The lack of perspective explains the fact that, today, the official representatives of Romania to international structures only rarely accede to preliminary talks, to negotiations beneficial to our nation; instead, they prefer to “automatically” take act of what they are demanded, or even imposed, and rapidly adopt the desired mandatory measures.
This political behavior takes the hardest toll on the systems of strategic importance, among which Education holds a painful top place.

Because the lack of perspective experienced by the education sector annuls its very anticipative value of complex structure, first the capacity of rapid adaptation to the exigencies of generalized creation. The peak of the paradox is found in the fact that politicians are the first to notice such defects, but also to hide their negative signification. How can they succeed this trick? Precisely by decomposing the respective system deficits in favoring appearances.
A “classic” example with this regard is provided by the results of the recent baccalaureate exam. Politicians rejoiced over the fact that over 60 pc of those who took it, passed the respective exam, a better percentage than the previous years. But they said nothing about the absenteeism rate, because out of the 193,000 teenagers who graduated from the 12th grade, only 160,000 participated in the baccalaureate. With these figures in mind, can anyone jubilate for the few percent points more than last year which passed the exam? When precisely this minor “positive” percentage drastically accuses the major deficits of our current education system?
A similar situation can be found in the results – slightly better than the previous year – obtained at the Mathematics test of the baccalaureate. Unlike the previous years, the subjects of the Math exam this year were much easier, when considering the importance of Mathematics in forming a youth capable to positively answer the professional and scientific exigencies of modern society. Precisely by lowering the scientific exigency under the logical norms of baccalaureate, as the coming-of-age exam, ruling factors understood to boast about the success obtained at the Math test of the baccalaureate.
And such examples of politicians masking the serious value deficits in the system are present in all the phases of preparing youths for a worthy, creative existence, instead of a life made of just consuming value. The highest unemployment rate in Romania is encountered in the age segment up to 35, which includes high-school graduates, with or without baccalaureate. Faced with the acute deficit of jobs, the respective youths apply for unemployment benefits. Our ruling factors give a positive answer to this request, by paying them a monthly sum of RON 250, but only for 6 months. Then, the respective persons do not belong anymore to this underprivileged category, although they are still unemployed. This allows Romanian politicians to brag about an unemployment that oscillates around 7 pc, although the real figure is much higher. Formally, it is only reduced to those who receive unemployment benefits. This led to a point where illegal labor equally affects illiterates, the graduates of high-schools, colleges and even universities.
All these youths include in their social condition an increasing number of politically-related “accessories.” What else than a politically-related “accessory” is the provision of a recent emergency ordinance that allows high-school graduates to start higher education courses even without passing the baccalaureate? These students now must not pay for their courses, but why now, of all times? The answer seems to be the electoral campaign that is looming around the corner, which is expected to be very tough. This perspective preoccupies politicians more than the quality of the scientific, cultural and moral education of the young generations. So they are seeking new electoral support, even among those favored by these politically-related measures.
A category of such beneficiaries includes those natural persons who are allowed to open new universities, following the effect of the respective emergency ordinance. We speak of natural persons, not the foundations which had this right until now. And, at a time when many universities close their gates from lack of students, the rulers ignore this restrictive reality and amplify the possibility of founding new private universities.
Of course, not anyway, but by diminishing the scientific and moral exigencies. A diminishment which we are told is solicited by the fact that universities need 138,000 fresh students this year, while the number of those who graduated the recent session of baccalaureate only cumulates 90,000. This explains the fact that the process of admitting new students to universities did not start with the traditional exam that would have made a selection based on value, but simply by applying with a dossier. And, apparently, with some sponsorships provided by the future generations of university rectors, as individual persons. Sponsorships precisely to the benefit of the electoral campaigns of ruling factors.
Is it possible that even the education system falls prey to profiteers? Here is yet another ravaging interrogation!