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“World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise” released. President Iohannis: Romania’s educational policy is made by ear; risks of chaotic approach are very high

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday that Romania’s educational policy is made “by ear,” pointing out that the risks of a chaotic approach are very high and the results can be very serious.

“The large number of laws of the Education area that reach promulgation, often with contradictory provisions, indicate that the educational policy is being made by ear. Even the report launched today revels that many of the failures recorded by the certain Educational systems can be explained through harmful and inefficient policies. The risks of a chaotic approach are very high and the results can be very serious,” Iohannis stated at the launching of the report called “World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise,” that took place at the “Carol I” Central University Library.

He underscored that the quality of the teaching act must be increased and objectives should be set out in the area based on the demands of the modern world.

“In the relevant literature there is a term that should draw our attention. It’s “middle income trap” (…) and it describes the states that can increase up to a certain point, but they don’t succeed in becoming truly developed. Such states are not able to put together an economy based on knowledge and with a sufficient competitive capacity. We risk becoming such a country and we risk entering such a blockage if we don’t solve, as soon as possible, the equity problems of education, if we don’t increase the quality of the teaching act and if we don’t set out educational objectives based on the demands of the modern world and not on the requirements of the world which we lived in our youth,” President Iohannis explained.

 

Romania faces functional illiteracy, which very clearly reflects in Romania’s high spheres of politics

 

He stated that functional illiteracy is also reflected in the “high spheres of Romanian politics”.

“The education system must be able to make a real difference in the level of knowledge of children, not just to tick off a number of years spent in school. This is a lesson that applies to Romania too, given that a study of 2016 warns us that we are facing a 42 percent functional illiteracy rate that is reflected very clearly in the high spheres of Romanian politics as well,” Iohannis told the launch of the “World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise,” which took place at the Carol I University Central Library.

 

 “State managed pension system isn’t sustainable in country with low birth rate”

 

A pension system mainly managed by the state is not sustainable in a country with low birth rate and negative migration, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday at the launching of the report called “World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise,” that took place at the “Carol I” Central University Library.

“The economic education, so to speak of a relatively marginalised dimension of education, is absolutely necessary in order to back up the values specific to capitalist market economy, but also to defend our youngsters from the fake promises of populism. I will offer as an example the debate on the ongoing privately administrated pension system, with a very interesting dynamics at governmental level. (…) It’s clear that in a country with a law birth rate and a negative migration, a pension system mainly managed by the state is simply not sustainable. Any promise that this can continue is just an attempt to deceive the population, sacrificing the welfare of the future retirees,” President Iohannis stated.

 

EduMin Popa says additional commitment appropriations to be made available for ROSE project

 

Education Minister Valentin Popa said on Wednesday that a government decision will be issued to provide additional commitment appropriations for the ROSE project.

“This project aims to help reduce dropout in secondary and tertiary education and to increase the rate of passing the Baccalaureate exam. With a total funding of 200 million euros, the project, which has been running for seven years, combines interventions in schools and faculties or universities funded by systemic interventions in pre-university education in areas such as curriculum, assessment, teacher training and school leadership. It is true that there is some delay in running this program, but these days we have agreed with the finance minister and the other colleagues in the government to issue a government decision that would considerably add to the commitment appropriations allocated for this project, because the national budget law allows us to do so only for projects that are financed by re-payable external loans, Popa explained.

He emphasised the role played by the World Bank’s expertise in the development of educational policies in Romania since the 1990s.

“The Education Ministry has consolidated a strategic partnership with the World Bank by implementing system reform projects as well as technical assistance projects,” said Popa.

The minister attended the release of the “World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise” on Wednesday.

 

 

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