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Government passes memorandum on “Educated Romania” project. President Iohannis: Educational system reform mandatory

The Government will pass a memorandum on the “Educated Romania” project,” a country project that we are bound to implement, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday at a government sitting chaired by President Klaus Iohannis.

“Today we will pass at the government meeting a memorandum on the ‘Educated Romania’ project. (…) I am glad that during the tenure of the government I lead we approve this memorandum on the implementation of the comprehensive project ‘Educated Romania,’ a project initiated by you, Sir. There is a need for reform, especially in education, because by reforming and modernising Romanian education we are actually investing in the future; it is a country project and we, the decision-makers, have a duty to implement it. It is our duty to the society, to the pupils, to the students, including to the employers who need people with solid bases and knowledge, and for that we need to increase the quality of education,” said Citu.

The prime minister pointed out that the government must be aware of the need for improvements in the education system for every pupil, student or teacher, regardless of their background.

“We need to reduce school dropout, reduce inequities, adapt to innovation, technology, and invest in dual education. I want to welcome the goals and objectives of this project and I will list just a few of them: reducing early school leaving, reducing functional illiteracy rate by at least 50%, so that by 2030 it will not exceed 20%. By 2030 all teachers and at least 85% of students will have basic digital skills,” Citu said.

He added that in addition to the 3.6 billion euros allocated under Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) for “Educated Romania,” the Government will make use of other European funds as well to provide 400 million euros for the refurbishment of public pre-university education units, as well as the construction of schools and kindergartens.

The prime minister promised President Iohannis that from his position he will be his partner to turn the project into reality and announced the implementation stages after the passage of the memorandum.

“After the passage of this memorandum, we will move on to the following levels: setting up an inter-ministerial working group, coordinated by the prime minister, which will prepare quarterly reports monitoring the implementation of the ‘Educated Romania’ project, deadline – August 1, 2021; passing a government decision Action Plan with deadlines and responsibilities for implementation, deadline – September 10, 2021; drawing up a legislative package to ensure the implementation of the ‘Educated Romania’ project, deadline – October 1, 2021; holding consultations with social partners, representatives of parents’ associations, the business community and NGOs to finalise the said legislative package, implementation deadline: October-November 2021,” said Citu, according to Agerpres.

The prime minister pointed out that, after these stages, the project will have to pass through Parliament as soon as possible.

“The entire political class, regardless of party affiliation, must be aware that ‘Educated Romania’ has to become law. We need an ‘educated Romania,’ we need reforms for a strong and liberal Romania,” Citu added.

 

President Iohannis: Educational system reform mandatory

 

President Klaus Iohannis stated, on Wednesday, that the reform of the educational system is mandatory.

“Today is an extremely important day for the future of education in our country. We move forward together decisively towards the implementation of the Educated Romania project. I thank you for the collaboration until now and I am convinced that you will submit all efforts so that we change the Romanian education system for the better. Its reform is mandatory if we want future generations to benefit from quality education and real chances to be competitive in the continually and rapidly changing labor market. (…) The Educated Romania project is one very close to my soul, I believe it is at the same time a historical opportunity, but also a great responsibility for the current political class to generate change in the long-term, not only solve the specific issues of a single electoral cycle,” the head of state also said, at the beginning of the Government sitting he has  presided over.

He stated that the Government “proved it is capable of managing complex situations and crises” and stated his conviction that the involvement of the Executive will make the operationalization of the Educated Romania project possible in a “predictable and efficient manner.”

 

Photo: www.gov.ro

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