“The corruption linked to school-leaving exams stems from the ‘tokens of gratitude’ that we used to give to teachers before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Today, however, they are no longer symbolic. Now we’re not talking about a bunch of snowdrops to show respect for the teacher. In a lot of schools, the parents collect money to make the teachers substantial gifts – whether it be on March 1, or March 8, or Christmas or Easter – from gold necklaces to household appliances, from vouchers for a holiday by the sea to designer handbags….
The ambitious parents are doing their children a huge disservice because it will give them a false impression of themselves and a false attitude – namely that little arrangements can replace competence and ability.”
Source: Adevăru, July 12