Update: More than 3 million students and preschool children start school year 2016-2017

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More than 3 million students and preschool children start the first semester of school year 2016-2017 on Monday, according to the schedule approved by the Ministry of Education.

The new school year has 35 weeks of courses, totalling 169 days, and is divided into two semesters: September 12, 2016 – February 3, 2017 and February 13, 2017 – June 16, 2017.

School vacations are scheduled as follows: winter holiday – December 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017, inter-semester vacation – February 4-12, 2017, spring vacation – April 19-30, 2017 and the summer holiday – June 17 – September 10, 2017. During October 29 – November 6, 2016, classes of the primary and pre-primary education groups are on vacation. For the final grades of secondary education, the school year ends on May 26, 2017 and for the eighth grade, on June 9, 2017.

According to the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU), of all the education institutions nationwide, more than 22,000 of the buildings do not require authorization for fire safety, and 4,000 must obtain the approval.

In Bucharest, only 39 buildings of the 1,139 of the educational institutions are authorized for fire safety, ISU Bucharest – Ilfov officials say.

The Interior Ministry informs that more than 10,000 policemen and gendarmes will be deployed, as of Monday, in actions to maintain public order and ensure the necessary conditions to improve safety in the vicinity of schools, lyceums and colleges across the country.

President Iohannis, PM Ciolos underscore the importance of education

In the speech delivered at Mihai Eminescu high school in Bucharest, President Klaus Iohannis said education is the way to achieving success, and not corruption and nepotism.

“For years it seems education is not the actual way to success in Romania or that other things matter more, and that not always competence and performance lead to promotion, esteem and prosperity. My message today is: education is the way to success and has to be the way to success in our Romania, and not corruption, nepotism, swindle or easy earnings; it is about education, hard work, determination and honesty,” Iohannis said.

He added that on these issues he had launched the project ‘Educated Romania’ for a society based on values.

In his turn, PM Dacian Ciolos, attending the ceremonies at Carol I high school in Fetesti, has told the students “to have confidence in themselves, to look not for high marks, but to understand and learn. I believe Romanian school needs a change of perspective, school needs to leave you room to express yourselves and to learn what responsibility is.”

Ciolos added that the current generation of students is the one to complete the process of change in Romania.

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