This year’s first Baccalaureate session started on Monday, June 13. 137,444 high school graduates have signed up for the examinations. Of them, 114,993 students graduated high school this year, while 22,351 are graduates from previous years. According to the Education Ministry, there were 161,447 senior year high school students in the 2015/2016 school year.
The first session started with the Romanian Language oral examination, which will cover a period of three days. The oral examination of communication skills in the maternal language (other than Romanian) will take place on June 15-17. Digital skills will be assessed on June 21-24. Oral examinations will end with the assessment of foreign language skills, from June 27 to July 1.
This Baccalaureate session’s written examinations will start on July 4, with the Romanian Language and Literature exam.
Nevertheless, this year’s Baccalaureate is overshadowed by the boycott started by teachers dissatisfied with the fact that their salary hikes are significantly inferior to those offered in the public healthcare system. The list of signatures in support of boycotting the Baccalaureate, a list that is doing the rounds in schools these days, has grown in just 24 hours. For instance, while the list had just 1,000 signatures last Thursday, yesterday 1,544 Iasi-based teachers signed in favour of the boycott.
Iohannis: Over 45,000 twelfth- and thirteenth-graders will not enter the Baccalaureate
President Klaus Iohannis wished high school graduates good luck in the Baccalaureate and emphasised that we have to invest more effort in order to ensure that all students graduate an educational course matching their potential, bearing in mind that 45,000 students will not be able to enter the Baccalaureate.
“The Baccalaureate is starting today and I wish a lot of success to all the 137,344 students who have signed up. I wish each of you obtains good and very good results matching the dedication you have showed throughout these years. However, also today, over 45,000 twelfth- and thirteenth-graders will not enter the Baccalaureate. I believe we need to invest more effort in order to ensure all students undergo a complete educational course matching their potential. Romania cannot afford to leave such a significant percentage of the young generations without a real chance to integrate on the labour market at an appropriate level. I am waiting for the ideas of all those interested in outlining a vision in order to change this situation, on www.romaniaeducata.eu!” the Head of State wrote on Facebook on Monday morning.