Education in numbers. Did you know?!

By on October 18, 2015

My experience with Teach for Romania made me even more curious about the evolution of this field in the past few years. So I’ve read a lot of news about changes, issues and opportunities in the educational Romanian sector and I discovered another type of education: Education in Numbers.

I’ve lived abroad my entire life.  All my thoughts, feelings and concerns were related to the environment I was part of. This is why having to worry that my siblings have nothing to eat at home wasn’t something that came easily to me during my experience with Teach for Romania. Also, this experience made me think of a lot of things that could have happened if I wouldn’t have received the education I have today.

Now, probably as many of you, I find myself in the position of discovering, exploring and looking for answers and even more questions. Here is a brief summary of some of the main topics in education, in Romania:

  • 4% of the Romanian students (more than 100 000 students) attend classes in schools that are not authorized by the Ministry of Education. Most of them are situated in the rural areas and don’t have water supply, sewerage or enough space for all the children. You can read more here.
  • Even though 800 schools are in a process of rehabilitation, the main issue remains the high school dropout rate. 18,5% of the Romanian students leave school earlier. 17% of them leave school after the middle school graduation.
  • 82% of the teaching posts are held by occupants. 3 500 teachers are not prepared enough to lead and teach, affecting the students’ performance and development. What do the authorities say?
  • Only 25,67% of the candidates enrolled in the fall session have passed the Baccalaureate exam, with 1,87% more students than in the previous year.

For more details and topics related to education, please open and read Observatorul Educației, September edition. I am already a fan of it and I encourage you to stay in touch with the latest news in education!

Next, we are going to see what can be done in order to prevent and solve all these issues. What other countries and systems do and we can learn from them. In fact, is all about learning! Isn’t it?!

 

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