Romanian Minister of Education wants to ban teachers from giving private lessons to students they have in class

Teachers in Romania should not be paid to be tutors of the students they have in class but the rule is not respected.

Sorin Cîmpeanu, Minister of Education of Romania | Guvernul Romaniai

Romanian Education Minister Sorin Cîmpeanu announced on May 18 that teachers will be prohibited by law from giving private lessons to their own students.

The new rule could be applied for the new school year 2022-2023.

Such a rule was already in place in a code of ethics issued for teachers in 2018 by the Minister of Education. But the rule is not respected and Mr. Cîmpeanu now wants to make it a law, which will lead to possible controls and sanctions.

The objective of the law is not to prohibit tutoring, but to prohibit teachers from giving private and paying lessons to the children they have in class. “You can’t prohibit parents who want further education for their own children from doing so.” But school children who would benefit from additional hours of individual lessons to improve would need their lessons to be given by a teacher other than the one they have.

For the Minister of Education, this new law is “common sense” because current practice has an impact on the grades that teachers give to students. It is like a conflict of interest since the teachers are paid for these individual lessons. Teachers can influence grades to become their tutor and parents can demand teachers to give higher grades to their children since they are paying them.

Mr. Cîmpeanu also argues that teachers should do everything possible to ensure that children do not need private tuition, which is available to families who can afford it.

Tutoring is common in Romania and has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, online courses lacked interactivity, with children having more difficulty learning and teachers to give lessons and help them learn.

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Helen D. Jessen