Enhancing the children’s safety in Romanian schools was one of the hotly-debated topics by Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the concerned ministers and the county prefects at a video-conference on Friday on the preparatory moves for the opening of the new academic year, Agerpres informs. The prime minister demanded a national action plan, by which the school authorities, the local authorities, the Police and the Gendarmerie should work together in order to improve the safety. Vice Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea voiced an option for beefing up the Police and Gendarmerie staff to the disadvantage of the private security firms, while the Iasi County Prefect Romeo Olteanu argued the private firms are cheaper and are paid by the parents’ money, not by the budget. ‘In vain do we have good teachers or good textbooks, in vain do we have clean and painted schools if we have a state of insecurity, if we have violence in schools, if the parents get to and take their children from schools out of fear that something happened’, Ponta said. He urged the interior minister to work together with the education and administration ministers on drawing up a national action plan aimed at a better collaboration among the relevant authorities, so as to ensure an as high as possible degree of safety in schools and in their proximity. ‘We will never be able to avoid all the accidents, but we can stop a phenomenon that has developed negatively in the last years and we cannot merely witness and say that this is how our society is., the prime minister stressed. Interior Minister Radu Stroe announced that the violent acts dropped by 1.4 percent in the 2012-13 school year and he admitted this is ‘little, insignificant progress’.