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February 18, 2020

President Iohannis: Elections pass, let’s not make 2016 another experimental year for education

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday stated that this year attention will focus on elections, yet they are moments that come and go, no matter how spectacular and intense they might be; he stressed that for Education 2016 shouldn’t be another experimental year.

“I know that in 2016 most of attention will focus on elections. It is natural this is the dynamics of democracy. And yet the electoral moments, they come and go, regardless of how intense or even spectacular they might be. In relation to the theme of education, which everybody deem crucial, let’s make it that 2016 is not yet another year wasted or another year of experiments and punctual changes,” said Iohannis, at the launch of the “National debate on education and research” at the (presidential) Cotroceni Palace.

He recalled that the national debate is part of an ambitious project – ‘Educated Romania.’

“We pass today, with this event, to a more concrete stage of construction and action. The intent of the national debate for education and research is that the centennial of the Grand Union finds us in the core of a broad agreement of society and the institutional actors as regards our educational system, with a clear outlook and a set of policies to enforcing it. Thus, in 2018, at the beginning of its second century of solid foundation as a modern state, we could leave the young generations a solid grounds, on which the construction to ‘Educated Romania’ continues,” said Iohannis.

He said the intent is that the long of this year a series of regional debates to be organized, a first being to take place in March.

“I make a proposition, for the first debate forecast in March to have in view these topics too – how could we make it to no longer have half of a generation wasted, which is the profile we want a pupil to get after each educational level, with what set of values and knowledge that would give them a real chance of success, by talent and abilities, and not by the environment they come from or other subjective factors,” said Iohannis.

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