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(en) Portugal, How the power in turn is killing education (pt)

Date Sun, 12 Mar 2006 10:09:36 +0200

The Education Secretary of State, Valter Lemos - in the
plenary of the 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" coloured!
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, at national level!)

The secretary of state argued in the parliament (last
10th march), answering a question of a CP deputy that
amongst the motives to close down the school was the
« fact that 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 7th year , but the Ministry forbade us to
open inscriptions 2 years ago, for the classes at the
beginning of the 3rd cycle (7th 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 before the
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 shame 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 could 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 sounds a small number but it means tens of
thousands pupils and about a thousand workers (teachers
and others).
But the ministry of 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 ten of thousand
people and the disturbances in their lives ?

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 opposite!

What a beautiful democracy!

Federação Europeia de Sindicalismo Alternativo - Educação

Coorden. Lisboa: 96 994 93 85


Manuel Baptista
(in personal capacity)
[from anarkismo.net]
by Manuel Baptista
from Portuguese FESAL-E (in personal capacity)
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