Monday, July 4, 2011

AP: Bulk of Romanian high school students don't qualify for university entrance

BUCHAREST, Romania - Authorities say only 40 per cent of Romania's high school students have passed the final exams that would allow them to go to university — the country's worst result in two decades.

Education Minister Daniel Funeriu said Monday that outcome is a "mirror of our society" and it's time "to change attitudes and mentalities."

The result triggered a wave of indignation in Romania, where successive governments have failed to reform an education system entrenched in learning by rote.

Critics say students don't get to develop skills preparing them for life and are not encouraged to think independently. Many pupils in Romania complain that education is boring and old-fashioned. Romanian teachers also are poorly paid.

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