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                                    new school year
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      1977. Depósito Legal NºDepósito Legal Nº 80258/94  Yet another new school year has got off to a
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      Apt 13 • 8401-901 • Lagoa            he 2018-2019                Centeno: Try to realise
                                           school year was    N N N N N  once and for all that
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      Rua Município de S. Domingo   Tearnest on                        important. It is important
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                                    the 1.5 million students           action”.
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      Classified  +351 282 380 315  due to return to classes this  In Mr. Lima’s view, efforts by the
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                                    week, their first day back was far  Ministry of Education to hire an
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                                    from full steam ahead as a   extra 2,000 assistants for
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      Newsdesk   +351 282 380 313   closed due to a “chronic     are not enough.
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                                    Speaking to TSF, the president  Education acknowledged some
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                                    Groups (ANDAEP), Filinto Lima,  year, but felt that they should not
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      Distributors:                 VASP  Mr. Lima said: “We must take a  progression up to date.
                                    definite step towards resolving  State Secretary Alexandra
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      audited circulation           this problem, so that each year,  Leitão acknowledged there is
                                    the beginning of the school year  still a “long and difficult” path
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                                    that allows the hiring of workers  For most students however, the
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      newsdesk@theportugalnews.com  on medical leave for months or  Monday, while teacher unions
                                    even years”, he warned.      pledged to mark the start of the  For some children the return to classes for the new school year this week was
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      SALES MANAGER                 chief, the lack of operational  of plenary sessions across the
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      Sónia Seixas                  assistants could have delayed  country to discuss their ongoing  Lisbon on 5 October, a bank  Fenprof.
      sales@theportugalnews.com     the beginning of the school year  struggles with the government  holiday which coincides with  Teachers’ main demands
                                    at schools in Lisbon, Évora and  with regard to the profession.  World Teacher’s Day.  include the unfreezing of
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      Gaby Rodrigues                “Few schools are satisfied with  long-standing wrangle, a strike  strike was touched upon back in  service, which was frozen in
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                                    the number of employees they  has already been pencilled in  July, by a union official for the  2010 as part of the Troika’s
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      FIND US ON:                   have”, he warned, appealing to  for 1 to 4 October, followed by a  Portuguese National  bailout deal.
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      Facebook, Twitter and Kiss FM  Finance Minister Mário      national teachers’ protest in  Federation of Teachers,    This comes following reports
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                                                                 Alleged racist survey withdrawn from
       Summer continues                                          primary schools
       While summer officially ends just before 3am on           Portugal’s director general for Education, José Vítor Pedroso, said on Tuesday that all
                                                                 Portugal’s director general for Education, José Vítor Pedroso, said on Tuesday that all
                                                                 Portugal’s director general for Education, José Vítor Pedroso, said on Tuesday that all
                                                                 Portugal’s director general for Education, José Vítor Pedroso, said on Tuesday that all
                                                                 Portugal’s director general for Education, José Vítor Pedroso, said on Tuesday that all
       Sunday morning with the arrival of the                    surveys handed out to students and families of various schools in Lisbon and Porto will be
                                                                 surveys handed out to students and families of various schools in Lisbon and Porto will be
                                                                 surveys handed out to students and families of various schools in Lisbon and Porto will be
                                                                 surveys handed out to students and families of various schools in Lisbon and Porto will be
                                                                 surveys handed out to students and families of various schools in Lisbon and Porto will be
                                                                 withdrawn because of allegedly racist issues.
                                                                 withdrawn because of allegedly racist issues.
                                                                 withdrawn because of allegedly racist issues.
                                                                 withdrawn because of allegedly racist issues.
       September equinox, temperatures will be                   withdrawn because of allegedly racist issues.
                                                                   Portuguese daily Jornal de Notícias reported in
                                                                                                               The Director General of Education stressed that
       paying little regard to the arrival of autumn in          Tuesday’s edition that the survey, which asks  the DGE has to approve any questionnaire that may
       Portugal.                                                 specific questions about the origin of students’  be sent out, but then it is up to the head of each
                                                                 parents (whether they are Roma, African or  school to decide whether to use it.
        Lisbon:
        Lisbon:
        Lisbon: The  Portuguese
        Lisbon:                     will see temperatures in their  Brazilians) and had been authorised by the  According to Jornal de Notícias, several
        Lisbon:
       capital will be among the    mid-30s at least until the middle  Directorate-General for Education, was handed to  complaints about the survey were made to the High
       warmest places in Europe this  of next week, while the Alentejo  parents on Monday in at least two primary schools.  Commission for Migration (ACM), the Commission
       weekend, as thermometers are  can expect highs bordering on  Speaking to Lusa News Agency, Pedroso said  for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination and
       set to climb to 34 degrees Celsius  40 degrees Celsius.   the surveys were already being withdrawn, adding  also to Rosa Monteiro, Secretary of State for
                                     The North:
                                     The North:  Northern Portugal
       this Sunday, before a slight drop  The North:             that checks were underway to find out “what went  Citizenship and Equality.
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                                     The North:
       in the coming week, but      will be slightly milder than the  wrong.”                                  The issue involves questions about the ancestry
       temperatures will still stay above  remainder of the country, with  “Any survey that is done within school grounds  of the students and the origin of their parents.
       the 30 degree mark for the   highs not forecast to breach the  (whether to students, teachers or staff) requires  The study was organised by CLOO, a behavioural
       coming week.                 30-degree barrier, but will still  authorisation from the Directorate-General for  economics consultancy and was coordinated by
        The South:
        The South:
        The South:
        The South:  Southern
        The South:                  remain unseasonably warm and  Education (DGE). There is legislation in Portugal  researcher Diana Orghian and aims to “improve
       Portugal will be very hot in the  dry nonetheless, with plenty of  that stipulates when questionnaires are addressed  educational methods in Portugal” and states that it
       coming days, with little or no  sunshine and a few scattered  to students, the type of questions and the size of the  is conducted in partnership with the Belmiro
       breeze to speak of. The Algarve  clouds around.           questionnaire is very stringent,” he said.  Azevedo Foundation.                                                 TPN/Lusa
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