The teaching staff could have increased wages, according to the Minister of National Education, Remus Pricopie, who stated yesterday in Ramnicu Valcea that “there have been simulations of scenarios involving increasing wages in the educational system”. “Raising wages is being taken into account; wages will under no circumstance be cut. If it were up to me, I would cut the wages of some employees in the Finance department,” Pricopie stated, as cited by realitatea.net. However, the Minister claims such a measure would also create problems, “for instance, if we were to raise a beginner kindergarten teacher’s wage from RON 560 to RON 900, it would be the same as the wage of a kindergarten teacher with seniority, and this would lead to discrepancies in the system.” On the other hand, Pricopie said schools are to blame for poor results at this year’s National Evaluation exam. According to the Minister, “a child who participates in National Contests from the first grade all through to the eighth grade should be accustomed to exam anxiety and, obviously, have different results.” At a meeting with school principals from Valcea County, he listed among his priorities the stability of Romanian education, removing political elements from the education system and creating an excellence center for participants at Romanian National Contests in Vladesti area. On another topic, the contract entitled “The Computerized Integrated System for Romanian education”, financed through European funds, was awarded by the Ministry of Education to Asesoft Technologies SRL, a company within Asesoft International Group, founded by businessman Sebastian Ghita. With a final price of RON 16.375 million, the contract will also have a subcontractor, SIVECO SA, for RON 16.050 million, the equivalent of 98 per cent of overall value.