Adrian Voica, Teacher Leader at Arge – Revelation.
Public consultations on the topic of the new education laws ended on a pessimistic note. Since they were formally launched into discussion, the two projects – for pre-university and higher education – have attracted a wave of objections from faculty and civil society. Adrian VoicaPresident of the Representative Union of Teachers of Argeș Province, SIPA “Muntenia”, summarizes below the complaints of colleagues from the Argeș pre-university system.
Adrian Voica: Teachers, parents, students and the majority of civil society are dissatisfied with the new projects. The bills do not answer the big problems in Romanian education, such as: high early school dropout rate, functional illiteracy rate, large rural-urban differences, issues faced by disabled children!
Unfortunately, the new Draft Education Laws of 2022 shows us that the only consensus seems to be that some kind of unacceptable change is underway. No serious experience in educational policies and no advanced comparative research by reporting the facts of other EU countries, at least … 70% of the items are taken from Law 1/2011, and the new provisions simply lack consistency (training, tenure, assessment ); They do not provide data nor describe, at least at an elementary level, the implementation process. However, increased attention was paid to admission to the ninth grade in elite secondary schools, as well as to the reorganization of the baccalaureate. Two colossal follies, if carried out, would throw us into social chaos!
Throw in an organic law the promise that teachers’ salaries will be paid according to a different network than the one that already exists – a network that the government ignored anyway, and ended up losing a lawsuit with unions for not being enforced! – It’s grossly trivial to say the least. In any case, the recent announcement that only from 2027 we will have sufficient funding for the education system indicates exactly what was expected: With regard to the funding component, the law remains strictly populist electoral law.
Since they were officially launched in debate, on July 13, the two projects – for pre-university and higher education – have attracted a wave of objections and even fierce criticism from teachers, administrators, education professionals, parents and students. More than 2,000 improvement proposals for the two projects have been sent to the Ministry so far. They were launched into debate during the statutory holidays, in unimaginable disdain for the entire faculty. We urgently demand an extension of the public consultation period, given the strategic importance of the new laws! “.
Consultations “In the eyes of the world”
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Officially, public consultations closed on August 24. More than 2,000 proposals to improve the two projects were submitted to the Ministry of Education. The plan is that from the next academic year 2023-2024, part of the provisions will already come into force, with full implementation planned until 2027.
One of the major changes will relate to the possibility for colleges to organize a private entrance exam, after the national assessment, with subjects developed at the national level, out of school. Another proposal to be included in the new law would be Give installation premium (Three average gross salaries) for faculty members working in rural areas.
The new format of the Bagrut exam has caused many discussions in public. The baccalaureate will be radically changed starting in 2027According to the draft of the new education law. Within five years, if the new education law is adopted, this test will become a general culture exam and will focus on skills. At the end of the 12th grade, the graduates will take one written exam covering five subjects. The change concerns students who will enter high school in 2023 and beyond.
One of the most controversial aspects of the new higher education law is the fact that CNCTADU, the body that hitherto had the power to verify whether a PhD thesis was stolen or not, is practically “disappearing” from the new legislative project. Responsibility for PhD verification will be transferred almost exclusively to the Ethics Committees of the Universities. In parallel, two other structures will be established: the National Committee for the Standardization of University Titles and Degrees and the National Committee for the Ethics of University Titles. The reorganization of CNCTADU – as government representatives have called it – comes with the potential waiverfor youRe to the title of doctor“by unilateral will” and with a statute of limitations after a period of three years.