A single baccalaureate exam focused on minimal competencies, regardless of education form, and the possibility for high schools, where demand exceeds offer, to organize entry exams before the National Evaluation, are among the proposals of the project “Educated Romania”, which is in the stage of concluding consultations.
Presidential adviser Ligia Deca explained, on Tuesday, that the Educated Romania project proposes a national baccalaureate exam focused on minimal competencies. The single baccalaureate, on the Pisa model, will be available also to professional education graduates.
“We do not desire a thousand variations of the Baccalaureate,” said the presidential adviser.
Ligia Deca showed that another proposal of the Educated Romania project focuses on the possibility for high schools where there is a large demand to organize an entry exam before the National Evaluation (e.n. – finishing exam at the end of gymnasium – 8th grade, the results of which determine entry to high school).
“It’s an open discussion. We do not desire sudden changes through Educated Romania project,” the presidential adviser showed.
In what regards high school education, there will be three routes – theoretical, professional and vocational – with the same length (four years). Transfer between the routes can be done between years, being focused on competencies.
“If during high school the child discovers an inclination to another route, he should know what exams he has to take,” said Deca.
On the professional route, there is the variant of obtaining a professional certification after 11th grade, the presidential adviser also explained.
The Educated Romania project also provides for the possibility of local authorities unable to ensure all that is necessary for the functioning of schools to transfer responsibility to the County Council.
The project includes several targets, among them decreasing the rate of dropping out, to a level of at most 10 pct, the reduction by 50 pct at least of the current rate of functional illiteracy, so that, in the 2030 horizon, it reaches a maximum of 20%, all teachers have basic digital competencies, including teaching through digital instruments – digital literacy, at least 85% of 8th grade pupils have basic digital competencies and a minimum of 40% of youths with ages between 30 and 34 years old be higher education graduates.
Presidential adviser Ligia Deca explained that the Educated Romania project is a vision and not a law and that the Government will adopt, next week, a memorandum by which it assumes concrete deadlines regarding the project.
“In a window of 2 years we should have the first concrete steps,” said Deca, according to Agerpres.
President Iohannis starts consultations on Educated Romania project
President Klaus Iohannis on Monday started a series of consultations with the political milieu and the social partners on his signature project Educated Romania, following the conclusion of the public debate thereon.
The head of the state met at the Cotroceni Palace with Prime Minister Florin Citu, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu, and the leaders of the ruling coalition – Chairman of the National Liberal Party Ludovic Orban, USR PLUS Co-Chairs Dan Barna and Dacian Ciolos, and Chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania Kelemen Hunor. Presidential advisor Ligia Deca also participates in the talks.
The Presidential Administration announced last week that the main areas of reform and the lines of action proposed by the Educated Romania project will be presented during the discussions, in order to achieve a social and political consensus that should guarantee its implementation and cross-party commitment.
The Educated Romania project was initiated by President Klaus Iohannis and covers seven areas identified as priorities: “Teaching career”, “Equity of the educational system”, “Professionalization of educational management”, “Quality vocational and technical education”, “Autonomy, quality and internationalization in higher education”, “Early education accessible to all” and “Pupil and student assessment”.
The seven technical reports propose concrete short-, medium- and long-term objectives and measures, reviewing also the current situation in the system.
Among the targets proposed for 2030 are: the inclusion of at least 30 percent of children aged 0 to 3 in pre-school education; the inclusion of a minimum 95 percent of children aged 3-5 in pre-school education; Romania’s landing a spot among the world’s top 30 countries in the PISA performance rankings; a minimum 80 percent passing rate for the secondary education final test; a 75 percent Baccalaureate passing rate of the total community; organizing targeted policies to reduce the number of educational institutions with passing rates lower than 50 percent.
On Tuesday President Iohannis had consultations with the Parliament leadership and members of the two Chambers’ Education Committees, and on Wednesday he will sit down with social dialogue partners in the education sector and with representatives of the non-governmental organizations involved in the Educated Romania project.
Anca Dragu: The Senate will support and contribute to the achievement and completion of the “Educated Romania” project
The Senate will support and contribute to the achievement and completion of the “Educated Romania” project (especially since the Senate is a decision-making chamber), the Chamber President Anca Dragu assured the Head of State on Tuesday during their meeting held at the Cotroceni Palace.
The speakers of the two Chambers of Parliament, Anca Dragu and Ludovic Orban, as well as the leaders of the Parliamentary Education Committees had a meeting on Tuesday with President Klaus Iohannis on the topic of the “Educated Romania” project.
“Education is once again a country project for Romania! We will create working groups, which will include members from each party, to draft bills for Education. I assured President Iohannis that the Senate will support and contribute to the achievement and completion of the ‘Educated Romania’ project (especially since the Senate is a decision-making chamber). I insisted on two extremely important topics for me and for USR PLUS: increasing the financing of Education, expanding the “hot meal” pilot-program (which we initiated it in 2016) in all schools in Romania. This program has contributed to reducing school dropouts and, in the pandemic, it has proved essential for children from vulnerable families,” Anca Dragu wrote on her Facebook page.