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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

More than 40% of young Romanians are functionally illiterate, study shows

Some 42% of young Romanians aged 15 are functionally illiterate, according to a study by the Center for Educational Evaluation and Analysis, presented on Monday.

Functional illiteracy means that, although these young people know how to read, write, and make basic calculations, they don't understand the notions they learn and can't apply them in practice, which makes it more difficult for them to function in society, at home, at school, and at work.

"The European average is 20%, with a target of below 15% by 2020. At 42%, we can’t aim for something like that in such a short time," said Ligia Deca, state councilor in the Education and Research Department of the Presidential Administration, reports local News.ro.

Romania has a school dropout rate of 19% and aims to reduce it to 11%. However, just going to school is not enough and most children go to school for nothing, according to Deca.

The reasons are varied, and many of them are related to how certain subjects are taught in middle school and high school. In some cases, the teachers do nothing else but transmit the information to the students, according to the specialists. Thus, some students know how to define complex terms but have no idea how to use them in practice.

The high percentage of students who are functionally illiterate also impacts Romania’s economic growth.

"There are estimations that show how much Romania’s GDP would increase if we solved this problem. A moderate version shows that it would grow by more than 200% by 2035. This problem is costing us two GDPs,” Ligia Deca also said.

The authorities are now trying to identify the problem and find a solution and a strategy to solve it.

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Irina Popescu, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

More than 40% of young Romanians are functionally illiterate, study shows

Some 42% of young Romanians aged 15 are functionally illiterate, according to a study by the Center for Educational Evaluation and Analysis, presented on Monday.

Functional illiteracy means that, although these young people know how to read, write, and make basic calculations, they don't understand the notions they learn and can't apply them in practice, which makes it more difficult for them to function in society, at home, at school, and at work.

"The European average is 20%, with a target of below 15% by 2020. At 42%, we can’t aim for something like that in such a short time," said Ligia Deca, state councilor in the Education and Research Department of the Presidential Administration, reports local News.ro.

Romania has a school dropout rate of 19% and aims to reduce it to 11%. However, just going to school is not enough and most children go to school for nothing, according to Deca.

The reasons are varied, and many of them are related to how certain subjects are taught in middle school and high school. In some cases, the teachers do nothing else but transmit the information to the students, according to the specialists. Thus, some students know how to define complex terms but have no idea how to use them in practice.

The high percentage of students who are functionally illiterate also impacts Romania’s economic growth.

"There are estimations that show how much Romania’s GDP would increase if we solved this problem. A moderate version shows that it would grow by more than 200% by 2035. This problem is costing us two GDPs,” Ligia Deca also said.

The authorities are now trying to identify the problem and find a solution and a strategy to solve it.

Romania, among Europe's low-achievers on education

Romanian central bank: Current capital and workforce allow 3% GDP growth

Employers in Romania, unhappy with the quality of university graduates

Irina Popescu, [email protected]

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