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WB Report: The percentage of Romanian students who are able to solve complex problems - the lowest in EU


About 83% of low performing schools in Romania are in rural areas, while the graduation rate at tertiary level a little over one quarter (25.6%), the lowest in the European Union (EU) Global Development report reveals 2018 by the World Bank (WB) and the publicity given on Wednesday, a specialized conference held in Bucharest, caleaeuropeana.ro informs. However, the percentage of students with high performance in Romania - those who are able to solve complex problems - is the lowest in the EU.

According to the document presented by the World Bank Lead Economist and co-author of Global Development Report 2018, Halsey Rogers, differing rates of early school leaving are contrasting between rural (26.6%) and urban (6.2 %).

"For Romania, it becomes imperative need to invest more and more intelligent in education", says the report's conclusions.

"Going to school is not the same as learning, it is the central message of the report", said Rogers, the beginning of the document. In this context, the World Bank recommends Romania, first, measuring skills. Thus, it requires the use of well-designed assessments to measure learning outcomes and identify situations of exclusion, making informed decisions and evaluate progress.

In this respect, the World Bank document shows that the percentage of students with high performance in Romania - those who are able to solve complex problems - is the lowest in the EU or 2% in reading, math and 0.7 3.3% % science.

"Also, Romanian employers believe that current employees, students and graduates entering the labor market, social-emotional skills do not hold key (motivation, teamwork, responsibility, etc.). University graduates are generally perceived as having academic skills Romanian employers excessively theoretical, while students and graduates of technical and vocational education have outdated skills, "noted in the special report.

Another recommendation of the World Bank for Romania refers to attracting and retaining the best teaching career, such as ensuring acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills for all students, including the marginalized and vulnerable.

As investment in education, World Bank experts recommended a greater focus on vulnerable groups. According to him, the funding levels of education in Romania are among the lowest in Europe, at 3.1% of GDP in 2017, while UNESCO recommendation is between 4% and 6% of GDP to achieve education systems best.

The official report also shows that, in Romania, it requires making informed decisions, monitoring and evaluation of basic consensus on future directions, ensuring continuity in policy implementation and increase accountability at all levels (ministries, schools, government local parents) regardless of political changes.

Finally, mobilizing and aligning all those interested in education is crucial for the functioning of the system as a whole, says the World Bank report.

The World Bank is currently financing a project dedicated to secondary education in Romania (ROSE), the colleges and universities began to implement projects to improve the transition of students in tertiary education and keeping students in the first academic year. The project is being implemented in 263 schools and 521 high schools currently waiting to sign such grants.

World Bank in partnership with the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), organized in Bucharest, under the High Patronage of the President of Romania, launching the report "World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education's Promise".

Global Development Report (WDR), a prestigious publication of the World Bank, is an invaluable guide for the analysis of the economic and social world, and the theme of this year is education.