Romania: Exam disaster for Google generation
4 July 2011
"The true worth of the Google generation: academic disaster," headlines Evenimentul zilei. The Romanian daily reports that half the students who sat the state exam at the end of their secondary education have failed it -- some 100,000 pupils. "Who is to blame?" asks the paper, going on to nominate in equal part the education ministry, teachers and the pupils themselves.
Parents have objected to excessively difficult topics, but have also complained about 'police-style' test conditions after video cameras were installed in all examination rooms. According to teachers, "the level of aptitude among pupils has dramatically dropped over the past five years": they blame changing values, claiming that the new generation overlooks critically important things such as the satisfaction of learning. School inspectors, meanwhile, say that the results reflect the low level of exam preparation among students.