Learn Romania and the formation of institutional planets

by the same author

last week, Edupedu Several legal articles related, this time, to the organization of competitions in university education, are only good for optimistic preparation for the beginning of the school year. More precisely, we learned that Article 208 Paragraph 1 of that project legalizes participation in competition committees for the posts of lecturer, lecturer and professor for some members who have a degree of kinship with the candidate starting from the third degree implicitly. In other words, anyone who wants to get a position in higher education through competition without going through too many feelings can muster any uncles or aunts who are already employed by that institution.

It should be clearly noted that the incompatibility in the current Education Law, 1/2011, did not stop at the second degree of kinship, but rather increased to the fourth degree.

The organization of competitions in universities has always been a sensitive topic: either because of a lack of transparency, or because, sometimes justified, and sometimes not, the position was perceived as being filled by the preference of a particular person directly or indirectly.

Things have improved over time, but not everywhere. Networks of influence and clans of universities united by economic criteria were strengthened thanks to the counter-selection that we still hear about in the press: son / daughter / nephew / granddaughter / son / wife, etc. An important person, an important person, wins a position despite the lack of qualifications and sometimes, despite common sense, at the expense of the most prepared counter candidates.

Not only are small “regional” universities haunted by similar situations at every turn: in January or June, when the two courses for competitive positions take place, there is hardly a year when a resounding scandal does not erupt. It is clear that one can always doubt the subjectivity of the loser: but even doubt alone seriously damages the credibility of a system which, like a scholarship, largely operates in a credit system: it builds its prestige not only on international ratings, grants, and materials. Endowments, dedicated teachers, motivation, competence, etc., but, perhaps to a crucial extent, trust in compliance with basic ethical standards. Society’s confidence in the capacity of institutions responsible for education is probably one of the precursors to true democracy.

However, an educated Romania does not seem interested in restoring trust and tolerates and even tacitly encourages, through legislative proposals such as those mentioned above, distrust of the educational system.

What can be observed, on the other hand, is that one of the reasons for the lack of funding for education, which is often invoked, is not necessarily a lack of money or difficulty in accessing funds, but in particular corruption, waste and lack of continuity or a medium- and long-term vision. Public Creativity Center It recently made a quick inventory of the large projects implemented by the Ministry of Education, and the balance sheet revealed, albeit partial, that since 2015 the Ministry of Education has spent more than 400 million euros on large projects, such as CRED, ROSE, PROF, START, etc., financing or Non-refundable loans from IBRD or BCDE intended for teacher training, logistical rehabilitation, construction of kindergartens, etc.

However, the general situation of schools is improving very slowly and unevenly, the appointment of good teachers is slow, and it is enough to follow the results of recruitment competitions. In a university education, daunting salaries, bureaucracy and lack of prospects drive important candidates who prefer fixed-term contracts abroad. School dropout is still far from resolved, and BAC scores only seem to improve because many students choose not to attend, sometimes highly advised by teachers who want to avoid reporting failure. Alternatively, we also hear from the media about school inspectors who have been arrested for taking bribes: hundreds of thousands of euros have been requested and received for awarding contracts in the construction of kindergartens.

Bruno Latour wrote in a recent volume: “Despite appearances, it is not the attitudes that matter in politics, but the shape and weight of the world with which these attitudes interact.” Modern politics operates with non-material tools to tame, regulate and justify the physical world: soil, land, nature, society, etc. It essentially becomes more adaptable and modular, making politics itself more visible in the public sphere. Unfortunately, the reality of Roman governments provides examples of negotiating and adapting to the “needs” of parallel worlds. The legitimization of parochial culture in Roman university education is only one example: sectoral, but representative with much broader consequences than one can imagine at first glance.

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