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President Iohannis returns the amendments to the Education Law to Parliament for review, argues they would lead to lay-offs

President Klaus Iohannis sends back to Parliament the amendments to the Education Law, arguing that they would lead to cutting down the classes in the primary, secondary and high school levels and were made in haste, presidential adviser Ligia Deca has informed on Thursday.

Deca added that the amendments would lead to a wave of lay-offs in the education system, hotnews.ro reports.

The presidential adviser on education issues said the amendments to the Education Law 1/2011 were made without an analysis on the impact and would turn the system upside down.

 “This sudden amendment to the Education Law, without an impact analysis, risks leading to cascade negative effects on the education community, an issue mentioned by the representative organisms of students, teachers and parents. The steps reveal the lack of strategies and vision over medium and long term for this core sector for Romania’s future,” adviser Deca said.

She added that by cutting the number of classes it would mean to resort to lay-offs in the Education system. On the other hand the amendments risk affecting the quality and coherence of the educational system.

“We don’t have an analysis on the impact, but the trade unionists have told us that, most likely, thousands of positions will be made redundant,” the presidential adviser said.

The Presidency mentions that the Education Ministry is the only one to have a scientifically substantiated view on the classes on each level and every year and thus assessments on impact and future consequences are needed.

The Presidency also claims debates should be conducted in order to reduce the school programmes and to dimension the time at school.

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