The official was speaking to Lusa after a visit to the Portuguese School of Luanda (EPL), where he also held a meeting with representatives of private schools that follow the Portuguese curriculum.
"The visit was an opportunity to visit the EPL and be with the directors of private schools with a Portuguese curriculum in Luanda, to discuss several issues of common interest for these schools", he said, after the meeting.
One of the results of the meeting, he said, was the intention to promote the operation of Portuguese curriculum schools in a network (a total of 12) in order to train teachers in both public and private schools.
"The EPL will become an accredited training center to train teachers. Private schools present at the meeting were invited to join and contribute with teacher trainers/specialists in various areas of knowledge and pedagogies. This group will be a kind of "hub" of knowledge open to partnerships with public schools in the Angolan system", added a source from the Ministry of Education.
The two-day visit was also marked by the "continuity of the cooperation project" with the Angolan Ministry of Education, namely in terms of the evaluation system to assess the Angolan education system.
In this context, the pilot project for National Examinations in Angola, which last year covered around 2000 students and two subjects (Portuguese Language and Mathematics) enters a new phase in 2023, extending to 40 thousand students, includes new subjects and will be extended to more years of schooling.
"Our role has been, not to do tests and exams in Angola, but to train and train the technical teams and teachers of the Angolan education system and we are going to celebrate a protocol between the Ministry of Education of Portugal and that of Angola to sign this step," said João Costa.
According to the minister, the teams, both Angolan and Portuguese, will be reinforced with specialists in the new disciplines, being decisive for the success of this process the fulfillment of certain technical requirements (in terms of computer equipment, for example) for which he guarantees that there are already a political commitment assumed by Angola.
The visit was to last until Thursday, but the minister returned to Lisbon on Tuesday night to participate in the parliamentary debate on Wednesday, accompanying António Costa's government team.