Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has weighed into the debate surrounding the mandatory age for children to attend kindergarten.
He mentioned the age of five as a possible starting age for institutional education, but said a real debate needs to be organized before authorities make it mandatory for children to go to kindergarten at that age.
He reminded of the mandatory pre-school class and of the debates it stirred before being implemented in Romania.
“I think it is a very important decision which also refers to the mentality in Romania. Grandparents are used to keeping children more at home. Let’s organize a real debate, so that when the decision is made, we don’t just imitate an European or a worldwide system,” said Ponta.
Earlier this year, the Education Minister said a decision would be made in 2015 on whether the second year of kindergarten, usually attended by children 5 to 6 years old, would be included in the mandatory education system. Should this decision be made, Romania would have 12 years of mandatory education, which would become affective starting September 2015.
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