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Iohannis: Our education system should be reconsidered
Klaus Iohannis

Our education system is something suffering from 'chronic reforming' that needs to be reconsidered, on Friday said President Klaus Iohannis, in southern Campulung Muscel, the Arges County. He added that this is precisely the reason why he has included the 'Educated Romania' in his Country Project.

"I thought that is it high time that we gather and see what we wish to build, a true country project capable to show how we want Romania to look like within 20, 30, 50 years and how could we get there. How can we find out these things? It's simple: by gathering the people who wish to get involved, by seeing what it is possible to be done, how could it be done and then we'll have our answer. Hopefully, next year I could be able to come before you and present you our Country Project, that will tell where we wish Romania to find its place, if we stick to the sidelines, as we geographically are, or to the middle, if we want Romania to be a country of unqualified workers or perhaps we have the ambition to make out of Romania an intelligent country, with well-educated people, if we want to ruin further the health care or education system, if we want to have modern, performing hospitals, modern and performing schools. These things do concern us and they are an essential part," said Iohannis at the Carol I High School in Campulung Muscel.

He added that this is exactly why he has initiated the 'Educated Romania' project. "Educated Romania is the way to Romania's future. The future could not be built without an educated generation. Without good schools and teachers alike, without parents to understand why their children are going to school we cannot go further," added Iohannis.

According to the head of state, the 'Educated Romania' project is not a reform. "I believe it is not a reform, at least I hope from at least two reasons. (...) The education system has got a disease - chronic reforming. We have had 11 Education ministers since the 1989 Revolution, each of those making a reform or two; we cannot go on like this. (...) One cannot put down and re-build permanently, because we'll get to live the myth of Manole (legendary builder who was ordered by then ruler of Wallachia, Neagoe Basarab, to erect a monastery, the today's Curtea de Arges Monastery. What he was building during the day was falling apart at night. He could only preserve what he built by embedding in the monastery's wall his own wife, Ana - editor's note). We have managed to complete a Manole's education system," specified Iohannis.

"I find it inadmissible for a pupil in the 9th grade to not know how the Baccalaureate exam will take place. They must know this ever since the 5th grade. (...) The school route should be predictable," said Iohannis. He stressed that the first conclusions of the 'Educated Romania' project won't be perceivable earlier than the end of 2017. The head of state added that the pedagogical high schools should be preserved, because they still have a very important role since the young are best educated there.



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