A bureaucrat in the education ministry had a brilliant idea.

Education is at a crossroads. Change of dizzying rapidity prods a creaky mechanism to adapt or die. Schools struggle to stay relevant. Digitalization proceeds, but not apace. Content revision is ongoing but halting.

Teaching, once an attractive and honored profession, is today neither. Perceptions of it have sunk to the point of coloring it “black,” meaning its working conditions are seen to approach those of slave labor. Few young people aspire to be teachers. Last year there were fewer applicants per job opening — 2.7 on average nationwide — than ever before.