On September 10, 2018 it is the first school day. It is also celebrated by Google. The new school year comes with many prizes in Romanian education. Most are negative.
The first school day is worth considering some of the sad features that were first implemented this year. Children in groups I, II and VI give unique textbooks printed by the Didactic and Pedagogical Publishing House. The textbooks are the result of a contract worth 24 million lei granted directly to EDP by the Ministry of Education. The contract was kept secret by both institutions.
The first school day in the new school year comes with bad news for the students of the sixth grade. They will start the school year without a geographical manual on the banks. The reason is related to a large number of errors made by Hotnews. I made the same mistakes here.
The Ministry of Education initially announced that it would publish an erroneous statement separately to mark the errors, but in view of their number it was eventually decided to reprint the whole book.
The unpleasant situation of the wrong textbooks also applies to history and biology, but in those specific cases the printed volume will reach children without corrections. Instead, a PDF with the correct manual is available online, if children want to download it or keep it on the phone. The exact reason is not known.
The first day of this year's school starts with the least pupils in Romania after December. In 1990 there were 4.87 million students. In 2018, the number is reduced by two million. Approximately 2.9 million students start school today, according to estimates from representatives of the Ministry of Education.
The first school day in the first semester
- Courses: Monday 10 September 2018 – Friday 21 December 2018
Holidays for kindergarten and preparatory lessons – IV: 27 October – 4 November 2018
Winter holidays: Saturday 22 December 2018 – Sunday 13 January 2019
Courses: Monday, January 14, 2019 – Friday, February 1, 2019
Intermittent holidays: Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Sunday, February 10, 2019
The first school day in the second semester
- Courses: Monday 11 February 2019 – Friday 19 April 2019
Spring Break: Saturday 20 April 2019 – Sunday 5 May 2019
Courses: Monday, May 6, 2019 – Friday, June 14, 2019
Summer holiday: Saturday 15 June 2019 – Sunday 15 September 2019
As far as these theses are concerned, they must be supported at least three weeks before the end of the semester, the Ministry of Education recommends. The ministry states that recuperation of courses that have been suspended can not be done during holidays.
Exceptions to the above structure are the students who achieve the 8th and 12th class in September. For high school graduates from high school, the next school year ends on May 31, 2019. For the eighth grade, the school ends on June 7, 2019.