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(en) Portugal, statement of11th March of FESAL-E Federation of European Alternative Syndicalism - Education

Date Wed, 05 Apr 2006 18:43:33 +0300

The Education secretary of state, Valter Lemos - in the plenary of Parliament
- uses lies and calumny as "arguments" in support of the governmental decision
to close down the Lisbon Secondary School D. João de Castro.
The truth is, this school is a danger to the neoliberal power, "shocking pink"
A school where participatory democracy exists, where people
have really freedom of speech - either pupils or teachers, or
other personnel- and where education is taken seriously (even
according to their criteria; the famous school ranking classify
us in the 24th place a national level!)

The secretary of state argued in the parliament (last
1oth march) answering a question of a CP deputy that
amongst the motives to close down the school was the
fact the pupils didn't choose it to inscribe in it.
But from this fact, the government itself is the sole
Many parents wished their children to be inscribed in
our school in the 7th year, but the Ministry forbade
us to open inscriptions 2 years ago, for the beginning
of the 3rd cycle (7th grade year).
Anybody knows that the parents won't shift their
children from school to school in the middle of a
cycle (in this case the 3rd cycle, the last one before
secondary school)
So, forbidding the opening of the 7th grade, two years
ago, the then PSD (Social Democratic Party) government
was dictating the death sentence of the D. João de
Castro secondary school.
Now, the "socialists" are performing exactly the same
policy, they execute the condemnation and even have
the lack of honour to fill their mouth with lies as
the one that our school supposedly "defamed" another
one (the Fonsecas Benavides’ secondary school). This
(false) accusation or calumny is something that can be
brought to court and the one that has made it knows
well but uses (abuses) immunity to proffer it.

According to some teachers, the schools that are
planed to disappear in Lisbon alone are seven. This
means tens of thousands pupils and about a thousand
workers (teachers and others). But ht ministry o
education doesn't say a word, keeping secrecy in all
it's plans.
When pressed by the reporters, the Education ministry
(Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues) says, that in Lisbon the
reorganisations will "be punctual". Of course, for
her, what does it matter the disturbance of ten of
thousand people?

In short: They decide what they never announced (and
will never announce) in the government program itself,
presented to the electorate only one year ago!

And, in case it is there, one should seriously ask if
they are not preparing to perform exactly the
What a beautiful democracy!

Federação Europeia de Sindicalismo Alternativo
- Educação (FESAL-E)
e-mails: fesale_portugal@yahoogroups.com
Coorden. Lisboa: 96 994 93 85

_by Manuel Baptista
(Coordinator for Portuguese FESAL-E
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