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Do Romanian schools produce idiots?
Aug 7th 2012, 9:20 by L.C. | Bucharest
ONE in two teenagers failed the Baccalaureate exam in Romania this year after 12 years of study. This means that another more than one hundred thousand young people could end up unemployed, hurting the country’s already fragile economy.
Those who pass the Baccalaureate exam have two options: leave the country for one of the first-class universities in the western world (if they can afford it) or stay in Romania and face a poor education system.
Many of these thousands of smart youngsters who emigrate for better education remain abroad after graduation, get a job and live as immigrants for the rest of their lives. The brain drain phenomenon has been developing in Romania especially since the country joined the European Union. University fees were significantly reduced for Romanian students and work permits could be obtained more easily.
Emigrants who return to Romania after graduation and get a job are usually overqualified compared to other entry-level colleagues. Their income is lower than what they expected. Some of them eventually return to the west.