In the gymnasium from the village of Dyukova, Potente municipality, Orhei province, 85 students are studying. Children here have only one toilet, and this – in the school yard. The gymnasium and auditorium were destroyed, and the sewage system was damaged. The canteen is not fully functional. Of the 12 teachers who teach here, ten have to commute each morning. Only 30 kilometers from this institution, in the center of Orhei, is one of the most equipped secondary schools in the country, “Eon Luca Karagyal”. In comparison, here there are restrooms inside the building with toilets and for children with special needs. Students can enjoy the newly renovated gymnasium, one of the most spacious ballrooms in the area and modern canteen. This discrepancy led us to learn how it happens that in the same country, some children benefit from the best educational conditions, and some do not even have a toilet at school.
In the gymnasium in Diskova there are only two toilets, one for students and one for teachers. The blocks are located in the yard, and the conditions there are disastrous.
„Why is there only one toilet in the yard for students and another for teachers? “It’s something I inherited.” When I came to the office of mayor, I saw what was there at the moment and took over. “I can’t give you the details,” said Puente Township Mayor Elena Nani.
The branch Puţintei Gymnasium in Diskova was founded in 1980. Since then, part of the building has gradually begun to deteriorate. The main reason is a damaged roof that does not withstand rain and allows water to reach the walls.
“Because of the deterioration of the roof, the water is leaking due to the rain that has affected the walls of the building. The building has been in existence for more than 15 years,” said the mayor of the municipality.
Thus, one of the wings of the building where the gym and ballroom are located is in ruins. For ten years, access here is forbidden.
However, part of the roof has stood the test of time, and the other part of the three-story building did not give way. This is where primary and secondary school students study. Since the school does not have a gym, the teachers arranged an improvised gym.
“The space is so small to do strength training, it is limited, or in fact, the teachers are so good at everything they do, it is just a few very minor features. It is also a decrease or the fact that children are not getting a decent development,” said Elena Nani.
Improvisation was also used to arrange the canteen. “The current teachers are very ingenious and the gym management has found a solution, improvising a canteen room and it might be helpful if the food is not prepared at once, but is brought in through the catering system,” he said. Mayor.
Also, in the apartment building in Diskova, a kindergarten was arranged for 44 children. “The playground leaves much to be desired, the sports stock. We do not have a party hall or a gym. The kindergarten was redesigned, it was not built from scratch. Therefore, the local public administration and the community adapted the kindergarten,” said the temporary director of the kindergarten. Diskova ”, Elena Mihaila.
Returning to the school problem, the administration proposes to transfer students from Diskova to Potente, where educational conditions are much better. However, the parents will oppose it.
“The school has been an institution since 1960, but in principle it is profitable, with fully equipped rooms, if we talk about chemistry and physics. We are talking about the classrooms equipped with a gym, a ballroom, we also have a break. The children benefit from the health blocks inside the institution which is of course an advantage for them. ,” added the mayor of Puțintei municipality.
Budget gymnasium of Puțintei, including branch of Dișcova around Four million lei. Three of them go to pay salaries. In comparison, the budget of Ion Luca Karagyal High School in Orhei is five times higher and is 22 million lei. There are 1,402 students studying here.
The secondary school was founded in 2004, based on the reorganization of the public school of general culture No. 3. At that time, conditions were unstable.
“We don’t have positions other than to win projects, participate and get grants, and most of what you’ll see in the foundation was created through a project called Education Reform in the Republic of Moldova,” he said. Principal of Ion Luca Carragal High School from Orhei Maria Chilaru.
“Each class is equipped with a laptop, an interactive whiteboard or projector, and two types of whiteboards, one for connecting material and one for writing,” said Deputy High School Principal Magdalena Marandyuk.
“We have in the database, according to special educational requirements, 15 students, two of whom suffer from autism spectrum disorders. This center is equipped to make it easier for them, to make it easier for these children, to help them find themselves in the circle of friends, students from our school “, said support teacher, Nina Crucion.
„The physics lab is equipped with all the necessary materials, both digital and mechanical, to cover a class of 30 students. Within the interdisciplinary STEM projects projects, 11th graders, a group of six students, developed a table sanitizer made from an EF3 robot,” said physics teacher, Veselav Makrinisi.
“We have laptops and a 3D printer, with which we try to create interesting things with more excellent students,” said computer science teacher, Vera Sevciuk.
“We have several rooms equipped with language lockers or even a space for French. In one of these spaces we are equipped with a library with language devices that allow us to transmit the audio message and interpret it by the students,” said the vice principal of the secondary school, Magdalena Marandyuk.
“We are in the school canteen. This canteen is for elementary grades, where 535 students are fed in four shifts, ”said the deputy principal.
“The criteria that would be chosen for investment in our school were related to the school performance, it was related to the school population, and that it is not possible to invest in an institution with very few children or children who leave the designated area,” stated Ion Luca Karagyal High School Principal of Orhei Maria Chilaru.
We were told about the fact that there is no investment in schools with few children out of rooms by Diskova management.
„- You tried to apply for projects and… – You were not accepted. A number of copies are required wherever project proposals are found. It is not efficient. The number of children should not be less than 300″.
One proposed solution is to change the school budget system, which is now based on the standard cost per student and to allocate larger amounts to schools with few children.
We recall that AGORA has written an exclusive material on this topic, which is accessible only to those who have purchased a subscription. In this article, expert Anatole Grimalsky gave an opposite opinion. He said that schools with a small number of students are not closed, as children continue to benefit from education.
“No student remains on the street. The cost of maintaining two school buses is twice the cost of the salaries of 50 teachers,” said Anatole Grimalsky.
In the previous school year, the state provided 14,000 lei to each student, and each school allocated 750,000 lei. According to the Ministry of Education, there are currently 1,239 educational institutions in the Republic of Moldova. Of these, 1,145 are self-administered.
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