Over 64 per cent of Romanians are dissatisfied with the system of education and 73.5 per cent believe it is worse than it was 15 years ago, according to an iVox survey measuring the state of Romanian education, cited by Mediafax. According to the quoted source, the main causes identified are the insufficient school infrastructure (40 per cent), the poor results of the baccalaureate this year seen as the consequences of an absolute education system (35 per cent) or the fact that too many subject matters are taught in schools (32.9 per cent). Other important issues identified in the Romanian system of education are students’ disinterest in school (84.1 per cent), the lack of attractive and actual curricula (83.1 per cent), insufficient Government funding in education (72.8 per cent) or poor equipment of schools (62.4 per cent), the source further notes.
In the ‘bigger issues’ department, 54.2 per cent of respondents answered that absenteeism is a growing problem and 59.2 per cent mention exam fraud. School dropout and school violence are almost equally recognised as growing issues (45.5 and 47.76 per cent respectively). On the other hand, almost half of all respondents (43.1 per cent) think private schools are a better alternative to public education in Romania, but 55.4 per cent would not send their children to a private school. The survey was done online among 5,724 iVox users in the August 8 – 21 period.