Trade unions, students satisfied with education code

The students and the trade unions in the education sector say they are satisfied with a large part of the new Code provisions, even though the current form of the document is not final.

Officials of the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation again met on Wednesday with the representatives of the education trade unions, students, parents and pupils to discuss the provisions of the new Education Code. The talks focused on the teaching staff’s status and the manner in which the position of a head teacher or chancellor is filled.

Spiru Haret trade union chairman Gheorghe Izvoranu believes the new Education Code looks much better than the similar documents existing so far, given that the talks were held with all the partners in the education sector.

He stressed many of the Code provisions resolve the problems in the education field.
Anton Hadar, who chairs the Alma Mater Trade Union Federation said there are no major problems that cannot be corrected following the public debate of the Education Code.

As for how many classes a university professor can teach, Hadar explained it was agreed that those professors not engaged in research activities may hold more classes.

Leader of the Romanian Students’ National Union Ioan Poenaru told Agerpres that the students succeeded in introducing in the Education Code the individual hostel subsidy, although it had been dropped in the talks held on Tuesday.

The new Code says the scholarships and hostel subsidies should be index-linked to the inflation and the graduation diploma should say what type of education the student graduated.

However, Poenaru said he was dissatisfied that the Education Code fails to define the notion of the students’ internal movement.
The Union’s Secretary General Mihai Musetescu said too little time had been assigned to the students’ problems, but he agreed with much of the document provisions.

He said the new Code stipulates that all the information relating the next academic year will be made public by April 15 of each year and a teaching module will no longer be paid.

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