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      4 The Portugal News • 28 Mar 2020



      Schools could be closed “far beyond” Easter holidays



      Prime Minister, António Costa, has admitted in parliament, that the closure of schools could “go much further” than the
      Easter holidays due to the covid-19 pandemic.
                                                                                face classes in schools was  presidents of the two  any learning difficulties.
                                                                                a measure enacted by the  associations of school  The 9  grade exams, which
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                                                                                Government even before the  principals who are  count towards the final
                                                                                declaration of a state of  unanimous in saying that it  grade, could also be
                                                                                emergency.              is necessary to wait until 9  suspended this year, taking
                                                                                Meanwhile, school       April. Until then, “one can  into account the situation
                                                                                principals have admitted to  only talk about possible  that the country is
                                                                                the possible suspension of  scenarios”, explained the  experiencing.
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                                                                   admitted to  postponement of secondary  Leaders (ANDE), Manuel  those for access to higher
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                                                                   the possible  exams to September, due to  Pereira, in statements to  education,” said Filinto
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                                                                   suspension   the covid-19 pandemic, but  Lusa.               Lima, referring to the tests of
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                                                                   of 9th grade
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                                                                   of 9th grade  stated that an official  However, Manuel Pereira  students in the 11  and 12 th
                                                                   tests and
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                                                                   tests and    decision will only be made  considers that “it makes no  years of schooling.
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                                                                   exams, as    in April.               sense to think about    The president of ANADEP
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                                                                   well as the
                                                                   well as the  Schools have been closed  gauging tests”, which this  said that “the possibility of
                                                                   postponement
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                                                                   postponement
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                                                                   postponement  for a week, classes are at a  year are scheduled to start  these tests being held in
                                                                   of secondary
                                                                   of secondary
                                                                   of secondary
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                                                                   of secondary  distance and all data points  in early May for 2  year  September should not be
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                                                                   September    to this continuing due to the  students.        ruled out”, thus giving
                                                                   September
                                                                                spread of covid-19, whose  The idea is corroborated by  students and schools time to
          n the parliamentary  would extend the subsidy  holidays and it is at this  peak of the disease is  Filinto Lima, president of  prepare.
          debate, first in     created for parents who  stage of the response that  expected to occur after 14  the National Association of  “This is an atypical year”,
          response to Catarina  have to stay at home with  Costa admitted that schools  April according to experts.  Directors and Groupings  corroborates Manuel
      IMartins, from Bloco de  children under the age of 12,  remain without classroom  Among teachers and  and Public Schools  Pereira, stressing that the
      Esquerda, and then to    whose schools have closed,  lessons, as he predicts that  students, the question  (ANDAEP) who recalled  most important thing in this
      Jerónimo de Sousa, from  for the Easter holidays.  schools will remain closed.  remains whether tests and  that the assessment tests  process is “trying to
      PCP, Costa admitted that  The head of the Government  And in reply to Jerónimo de  exams will take place on the  “involve very complicated  guarantee the equity and
      “probably” the Government  did not open the extension  Sousa he repeated the  scheduled dates, but the  administrative logistics”,  equality of students” in
      will decide to “prolong” the  of this measure during the  explanation, admitting in the  answer to possible changes  since they are held  access to higher
      closure of schools “far  holidays, as this break  end: “The third period,  will only come after the  annually by students in the  education.
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      beyond the Easter holidays”.  period was already foreseen  probably, will not be much  Easter holidays, warned the  2 , 5  and 8  years of  Starting the next school
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      The leaders of PCP and BE  in the school calendar.  different than it has been  Minister of Education this  schooling. These tests do  year later could be another
      questioned him about     Support for parents is  these weeks.”            week.                   not count towards the final  effect of school closings
      whether or not the executive  expected to extend after the  The suspension of face-to-  Lusa spoke with the  grade and aim to detect  and distance learning.
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