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Romania: Two new education laws promoting accessibility and student growth in schools and higher education

16 October 2023
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Romania recently published two new laws regarding school education and higher education, which took effect at the beginning of the new school year 2023/2024. These laws operationalise the objectives set forth by “Educated Romania” - the national project initiated by the President of Romania. 

The new education laws respond to a real need of the Romanian education system. They offer school students, university students and parents, on the one hand, and teachers, on the other hand, a system with a balanced structure and well-trained staff. Several principles have been taken into consideration in the development of these frameworks, such as coherence, predictability, performance and equity. 

The reforms that have been promoted will ensure access to education for all children, irrespective of their background, so that students can see school as an encouraging environment which helps them grow.  

In this context, an important role will be played by the programmes developed and reinforced by the new legal framework: 

  • For school education: the second chance programmes, the afterschool programme “School after School”, remedial learning, school at the hospital, the integrated national programme for reducing school dropout, the national programme “Healthy Meal”, the national programme “A Book for Everyone”, the national programme on cultural vouchers for students, the national plan for safety in school education and the establishment of a national student card. 

  • For higher education: programmes concerned with reducing university dropout rates; services and activities for lifelong career counselling and guidance; support for the study of science, engineering and mathematics; the internationalisation of universities; scholarships for excellence and for Romanian students from all over the world. 

For more information:

https://www.edu.ro/sites/default/files/_fi%C8%99iere/Legislatie/2023/legislatie_subsecventa_LegiEdu/OM_6071_2023.pdf 

https://www.edu.ro/LegileEdu_legislatie_subsecventa 

Education minister’s order No 6.072/2023 for the implementation timetables. 

Source: Eurydice Unit Romania 

Picture credit: Adobe Stock #431031722 

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