December 9, 2022

News 24a

News that matters

Iohannis: : The grade matters less and the child’s development more – Timisoara Stiri live

President Klaus Iohannis was on Monday, on the occasion of the opening of the new school year, at the “Grigore Moisil” National College in Bucharest, where he delivered a speech addressed to students, teachers and parents. “Assessments are important as long as they accurately reflect the competences of pupils and students, giving them the opportunity to improve their performance. That’s why we need to rethink the way we organize all the evaluations, because, in the end, it’s less about the grade and more about the child’s development in accordance with his profile and interest,” the head of state said.

President Klaus Iohannis was on Monday, on the occasion of the opening of the new school year, at the “Grigore Moisil” National College in Bucharest, where he delivered a speech addressed to students, teachers and parents. “Assessments are important as long as they accurately reflect the competences of pupils and students, giving them the opportunity to improve their performance. That’s why we need to rethink the way we organize all the evaluations, because, in the end, it’s less about the grade and more about the child’s development in accordance with his profile and interest,” the head of state said.

The full speech of the President of Romania, at the “Grigore Moisil” National College in the Capital, on the occasion of the start of the new school year:

“Madam Headmaster,
Mr. Minister of Education,
Mr. mayor,
distinguished teachers,
Dear students and parents,

Today we are facing a new beginning. I am glad that I have the opportunity to mark this beginning with you and to open the school year at the “Grigore Moisil” National College in Bucharest.
I love that you are guided by the wise Latin words “Per aspera ad astra” which remind us that the road to success is strewn with hardships. The last few years have also been full of difficulties, marked by the successive waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with these challenges, students, parents and teachers from all over the country responded with solidarity, with professionalism, but also with hope. This is precisely why this new beginning is a good opportunity to thank you, the teachers, for all the efforts made so that the students benefit from good learning conditions. You have promoted excellence and placed the student at the center of educational activity, and achievements are visible, recognized by the entire educational community and evidenced by the exceptional results of the College’s students.
As you know, education is an area that I consider essential for each of us and for the country as a whole. That is why we launched the strategic vision Educated Romania, on the basis of which the Government assumed the creation of a new legislative framework and major investments in nurseries, kindergartens, schools, high schools and universities.
In recent months, there has been a natural and intense public debate in the public space about the future of education, a debate which I expect will continue in Parliament until we arrive at some form of legislation that will help each of you achieve your aspirations.

Dear students,

Education is a beautiful path, which I wish you to travel with a lot of courage and confidence. School is a decisive space of your formation. These are the years in which you make essential decisions for your own life, in which you discover and cultivate your passions, in which you understand the meaning of values, the importance of integrity, collaboration, responsibility.
We, the adults, are with you, but we will always need your involvement and your voice.
I encourage you not to always choose the easiest path, but to try to look for the right one every time. Do not fear fair competition and never become tributary to things easily obtained. To protect democratic values, to believe in science and in professionals, to react to abuses and misinformation, and not to allow anyone to trample on the trust in you and your ability to become better. Future education laws should implement in Romanian schools the changes that the developments of society and science have shown us to be necessary.

Education must be centered on the profile of pupils and students, taking into account their diverse interests, individual potential to be supported and global challenges. Therefore, the updating of school programs and teaching methods cannot be postponed any longer.
I’m a physics teacher and I know that it’s hard to love the sciences without doing experiments, just as it’s hard to love the Romanian language without someone educating your taste for reading.
Increasing the weight of optional subjects and diversifying them, for all curricular areas, are in turn important steps in the right direction. For example, this school year you will have a “Green Week” for the first time, where I hope you will better understand the importance of the balance between human action and changes that occur in the environment, including global warming or extreme weather events.

A topic of intense discussion this summer was related to end-of-stage assessments or those that influence the transition to the next educational level.
Assessments are important as long as they accurately reflect the competences of pupils and students, giving them the opportunity to improve their performance. That’s why we need to rethink the way we organize all the evaluations, because in the end, it’s less about the grade and more about the child’s development in accordance with his profile and interest.
The opportunity for adequate professional development must be offered to all. The difference in status between the theoretical and the professional route, which discourages students, parents and teachers alike, is no longer justified.
It is important that the educational routes have an equal status, with direct access to the Baccalaureate and the possibility of continuing studies with higher education, up to the highest level. If we want professionals, then let’s recognize their importance, invest in their training and give them equal opportunities.

However, all these changes cannot be operated without a sincere collaboration between the school, parents and the community, in such a way that there is respect for each one’s role, trust and mutual help. They are wishes that can be included in a law, but the real change depends on all of us: students, parents, teachers, but also on the decision-makers, those who put education at the forefront of strategic decisions, including those related to funding. Reform isn’t just about a law, it’s about people driving change for the better in every school and classroom, for every student.

Dear teachers,

The teaching profession is one that creates the future, and you have demonstrated, in recent years, that you are capable and determined to reinvent traditional means of teaching to make education continue, even when the pandemic has imposed severe restrictions on us.
You were and are the engine of a system that, many times, did not know how to reward you commensurate with your efforts. I see and understand these efforts and that is precisely why I wanted the “Educated Romania” Project to make the teaching career one of the central concerns of our society. This means entry into the career for those who really want to and can be teachers, but also appropriate salary and support, through mentoring and flexible career paths, which bring to fruition the talent of each of you.

Dear Parents,

I wish you to have countless reasons to be proud of your children’s school achievements. Through the implementation of the “Educated Romania” Project and through the funding proposed within the PNRR, we are already taking concrete steps to provide students with the necessary tools to reach their maximum potential.

Dear Madam Director,

I wish you success in continuing the difficult mission you have undertaken: that of an educational leader. I am convinced that the model offered by the “Grigore Moisil” National College will inspire more and more school communities. I urge you to enter into partnership with other schools in Romania, to spread good practices in the system and to contribute directly to the realization of an educated Romania.

I wish you all an inspired school year, with good results, with confidence and with a lasting vision for the future!
Thank you!”


Comments

comments



Source link

1