The curriculum for the pre-school and first grade, applicable in the 2012 to 2013 school year, was completed. The announcement was made yesterday by the chairman of the Bucharest Board of Education, Cristian Alexandrescu, who added that the term of enrolment for the pre-school grade would start on March 5 and admission to any school would not presuppose tests or evaluations for children who turned six, despite initial rumours.
Education Minister Daniel Funeriu announced in turn yesterday the set-up in every county of a Telverde free helpline – 0 800 816 ABC (where ABC stands for the county’s prefix) – which provides information concerning enrolment in the pre-school and first grade in the next school year. According to the minister, the helpline will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
“Every parent and every child counts. Each and every one has his own problems, there are no two identical situations, that is why I invite the parents to call the Telverde in their respective county to get information which is relevant to their own individual situation,” Funeriu argued, quoted by Mediafax. The minister underlined that the information parents would acquire from these sources and the individual information they would get in writing are accurate, while any other piece of information should be judged “a rumour unless confirmed by these sources”.
In this context, he stated that the heads of local boards of education would be assessed based on their interaction with parents and on the way in which the actual problems of the people are solved. “The Education Ministry will introduce as of this autumn the compulsory pre-school grade that children will have to attend every weekday for four hours, during which time they will learn through play. Children who will have turned six by August 31, 2012 or, in exceptional cases, those who will turn six by December 31, 2012, will have to attend the pre-school grade. The measure, included in the education law, is needed, Daniel Funeriu argued in a televised intervention, “as children in Romania start school later than any of their European peers and because this will ensure a smooth passage from playing to learning.”