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President Iohannis: We cannot solve all the problems in education overnight, no matter how much we want it

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that new approaches are needed in the selection and training of teachers, the transformation of school management, the reduction of inequity in schools, but he stressed that all the problems in education cannot be solved “overnight”.

“We need new approaches in the selection and training of teachers, but also in transforming school management from administrative work into leadership and initiative. Equally, it is essential to reduce inequity as early as the first years spent by children in kindergartens and schools in Romania. At the same time, we must accept that we do not have unlimited financial resources. We cannot solve all the problems in education overnight, no matter how much we want it,” said the head of state at the conference “Educated Romania – public policies and coordination of funding sources”, organized at the Cotroceni Palace.

He pointed out that school management, the teaching career, equity and early education are crucial for “transforming for the better” the education in Romania, stressing that the lack of quality education becomes a threat to the development of our country in the long term.

“The ‘Educated Romania’ project is advancing and is entering a new stage today. (…) The four fields covered in these documents, namely the teaching career, school management, equity and early education, are crucial for the transformation of education in Romania. The PISA results, published less than two months ago, represent one of the unquestionable arguments for the urgency of fast and sound solutions. The lack of quality education accessible to all children in our country becomes a threat to Romania’s development in the long term,” said Iohannis, referring to the release of four public policy documents prepared by the experts of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the financial support of the European Commission.

 

PM Orban: The strength of a nation, its capacity to stand upright in the face of history challenges and the courage to face the future are given by the quality of its education,

 

The Government’s mission is to make school better for the future of Romania, and the government’s actions must be focused on several major directions identified in the “Educated Romania” project, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban told the conference “Educated Romania – Public policies and Coordination of Funding Sources” organized on Wednesday by the Presidential Administration.

“The strength of a nation, its capacity to stand upright in the face of history challenges and the courage to face the future are given by the quality of its education, by the level of its citizens’ training. (…) If now, after 30 years of reform attempts, particular issues on the education’s public agenda are still cyclically coming in the spotlight is also because, with the exception of some short government episodes, Romania has had a high amount of improvisation and the political will required for initiating and implementing the necessary measures has been absent. Today’s debate is an opportunity to discuss education and its issues, some of which, as I said, systematically and cyclically return into attention,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.

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