The Minister of Education explains the legal obstacles posed by the end of the school year on the Internet

The protest was attended by students from the faculties of the University of Cluj. “Conservatives, don’t forget, we matter too,” they chanted, “physical in theory, but no rent.” and “Cîmpeanu doesn’t forget, UBB doesn’t want you.” Young people say the abandonment of preparedness and tacit online courses was done too quickly and they were unable to get good rents for the next three months until the end of the school year. At the beginning of the week, the professors’ council decided to continue the hybrid courses, but for a short period. Students will be able to take classes online until the beginning of April, but after that date they must attend college physically. Babu Bolyai University Student Council stated that “although we all want to go back to the normal student body, we cannot ignore the many sensitive situations in which many students find themselves dramatically.”

On his part, Education Minister Soren Combino told RFI that he understands the students’ problems and the solution has already been presented. “The problem has been resolved. The Ministry of Education has issued a note stating that universities may have an optimal transition period to return to physical existence, one week, two weeks, three weeks, one month or more. The solution is there. It is a fake problem. Second, I understand very well the difficulties that it generates Return, not from today to tomorrow, but at a period determined by each university depending on the specifics of the activities of that university and the seriousness of the problems faced by students from the perspective of return. – With a physical presence. I understand this very well. I understand the problems arising from accommodation, especially in cities such as Cluj-Napoca Or Bucharest. On the other hand, I know the efforts of Romanian universities to cover student housing requests. I would like to point out once again that the universities have the opportunity to decide the optimal transition period, so that the problems of as many students as possible can be solved from this perspective, with the possibility of recovery on All the way if there is a number of hours lost. For each study program according to the accreditation it received from ARACIS”, announced the Minister of Education of RFI.

On the other hand, Soren Combino explained that after the alert is over, it is legally very difficult to keep online courses for three very simple reasons. “With the end of the alert, there is no form of hybrid regulation at the legislative level, or diplomas, especially in regulated professions, directive 36, in medicine, architecture or other fields in which universities enroll full-time, day courses, given that due to For lack of alert, we stay on the Internet, how do we suppose this explanation, this form of educational courses frequently? We must take responsibility and not jeopardize the recognition of Romanian degrees at the international level. Second, it is about funding. Full-time, full-time courses.The other two models, distance learning courses or part-time courses, are neither funded nor funded by the Romanian state.When we want to organize ourselves into a form of education not currently provided for in the Education Act, it must be quickly provided. The legitimacy of the funding is in question.Also, the third important thing I want to remind you is that all study programs in Romania are accredited by the Romanian Quality Assurance Agency, ARACIS.Each university is accredited with full-time study programs Part-time study programmes, and distance learning programmes. Thus, universities benefit from separate accreditation. When the university is accredited for full-time courses and they wish to organize distance or part-time courses, this generates tuition fees in addition to the accreditation they have earned. The Minister of Education explained in detail that in fact it generates education outside the law in circumstances where it is no longer justified for a state of alert.”

However, Soren Combino told RFI that there is a possibility to change the legislation so that the advantages of online courses can be taken advantage of in the future. The solution is clear. The first step will be to organize this new form of organization in order to enhance the digital skills acquired by pupils and students on the one hand, but also by teachers on the other hand. Another form of education corresponds to the reality of the moment. The second step involves developing quality standards and evaluating these study programs. Only in this way will we be able to take advantage of the advantages of digitization without jeopardizing the recognition of Romanian diplomas or without questioning the financing of these study programmes,” said the minister.

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