Romania wants to ban teachers from tutoring their students in private

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Romania will enforce a law prohibiting teachers from privately tutoring students from their in-school classes as early as the coming school year, according to a report by Romania Insider.

The authorities thus plan to curb a widespread phenomenon that has only grown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister of Education Sorin Cîmpeanu recently announced that the ban will be imposed by means of a new legislative package to be adopted as part of the 'Educated Romania' program.

One in three children was being privately tutored in the 2019-2020 school year, according to the 2021 national study 'Tutoring in Romania: an alternative or complementary educational system?', published by the Romanian Academic Society and the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES).

The study shows that a large proportion of parents believe that enrolling their child in private lessons is necessary in order for their child to receive a proper education – as many as 80% of parents said they saw a significant improvement in their children's abilities as a result of receiving private lessons.

And while there are some free educational programs on offer, most families spent around RON 300 (EUR 60) per month on private tutoring during the year analyzed.

A more recent survey carried out by Save the Children Romania found that nearly 60% of local students are being tutored in at least one subject. 

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