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New school year begins in Romania with physical attendance in most schools, but with special measures in place. 99.7% of the almost 3 million pupils and preschoolers can study in-person

President Iohannis attends opening ceremony of the new school year at the “Carol I” Technological High School in Valea Doftanei commune: Maintaining schools open with physical attendance depends on everyone’s responsibility

President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday that maintaining schools open with physical attendance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic depends on everyone’s responsibility, stressing that “compliance with health standards and vaccination are essential.”

“This year as well the resumption of the school year takes place, unfortunately, under the spectrum of the pandemic, which is why maintaining schools open with a physical attendance depends on the responsibility of each of us, compliance with health rules and vaccination being essential,” the head of state said at the opening ceremony of the new school year at the “Carol I” Technological High School in Valea Doftanei commune.

He thanked the pupils, teachers and parents for the significant efforts made during this difficult period, generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iohannis stressed the importance of the “Educated Romania” project, pointing out that investing in the teaching career is an important pillar of it.

“It is not fair to ask teachers to adapt to a constantly changing world without helping them prepare for it. Initial training, in a rapidly changing world, is insufficient. I am glad to note that, fortunately, in your community the idea of lifelong learning has shifted from slogan to practice. I hail the fact that the teachers at the ‘Carol I’ Technological High School have the opportunity to attend training sessions and experience exchanges with partners from other European states. Facilitating access to teacher training programs contributes, together with investments in infrastructure and facilities, to increasing the quality of education and a better educational experience for pupils,” Iohannis said.

The head of state also indicated that with the completion of the “Educated Romania” Report, he assumed the desideratum to support a professional educational management, based on responsibility, capable of developing and innovating.

He also stated that, by implementing the “Educated Romania” Project and with the support of record allocations through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Romania has the unique chance to radically transform the school environment.

The Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, also participated in the event.

 

EduMin Cimpeanu: 99.7% of the almost 3 million pupils and preschoolers can start school with physical attendance

 

The Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, declared on Monday that 99.7% of the almost 3 million pupils and preschoolers can start school with physical attendance and underlined the importance of the anti-COVID-19 vaccination.

“Today 99.7% of the almost 3 million pupils and preschoolers can start the school with physical presence. It is an extremely important thing, it demonstrates the understanding of the importance of the school, but at the same time we must show responsibility and determination to ensure in schools that health protection which will allow us to keep the schools open for as long as possible, so that we no longer have those losses that we registered during the health crisis period,” the minister of education said at the opening ceremony of the new school year at the “Carol I” Technological High School in Valea Doftanei commune.

He specified that the educational staff is vaccinated in proportion of 61%, and the pupils – in proportion of over 15%.

“(…) vaccination is the only gesture that can end the health crisis. All other health protection measures, including testing, help us control the epidemic. Vaccination is the only act that helps us end this health crisis,” the minister added.

Sorin Cimpeanu also brought to mind that on Tuesday the competition for the positions of school principals will start.

 

PM Citu, at the “Gheorghe Lazar” National College in Bucharest: Our stake is to achieve the 21st century education for the 21st century Romania

 

The stake in Education is to achieve, through the “Educated Romania” project, whose implementation will be approved by the Government this week, “the 21st century education for the 21st century Romania”, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Monday at the opening ceremony of the new school year at the “Gheorghe Lazar” National College, the first high school in Bucharest that carries out a pilot program based on these principles.

“How good it feels to see each other here, today, in person. It’s up to us to stay that way all year. I trust that you will do everything in your power to continue with physical attendance this year, for my part you have seen that it is the baseline scenario. Dear students, teachers, I am glad to mark the opening of the 2021-2022 school year here, at the “Gheorghe Lazar” National College in Bucharest. Beyond the students’ well-known achievements, (…) your high school is the first in the Capital to assume, starting today, the start of a profound reform. (…) It is extraordinary that you are choosing to implement a pilot program that means a 21st century curriculum model. A pilot program based on the coordinates defined in the ‘Educated Romania’ project,” the prime minister said.

He added that this program means a teaching, learning, assessment process “closer” to the requirements and exigencies of a modern education, “genuinely” focused on the student.

“We need to genuinely focus on developing relevant skills. Through this step we define the beginning of a profound reform in the field of education in our country,” Florin Citu stressed.

According to him, the implementation of the pilot program will be monitored by the Ministry of Education, and the models that prove to be successful will be proposed at national level. “What you are doing as of today could, although I am confident they will, help entire generations,” the prime minister said. He mentioned that, in the coming years, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan provides for the financing of the pilot project in 60 schools.

“I am very interested in reforming education and I know that we will succeed through the ‘Educated Romania’ project. Precisely because we should not waste time, this week we will adopt and implement the program. ‘Educated Romania’ is the largest education reform project initiated and developed by the Presidential Administration, a project that represents the vision, the country strategy in the field of education in view of 2030,” said Citu.

The reforms envisaged in the field of Education have multiple funding sources – the PNRR, the state budget and European funds, the prime minister added.

“Our stake in Education is not to do slightly something else, slightly differently or the same as before, our strategic stake is to do differently, to do something else, namely, 21st century education for the 21st century Romania, that I am sure we all want,” Florin Citu maintained.

The prime minister participated, alongside students and the Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, in a mini-concert of Romanian pop-rock music.

 

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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