In a manifesto in favor of the return to classes in public institutions of higher education, the national secretariat for Higher Education of the MEA states that students are being harmed in their academic projects.
According to the students, the strike is affecting the students, so "the most important thing at the moment is the resolution of this problem".
"We understand that there is a way for everything, as long as there is political will. In times of such a chaotic society, it will be necessary to remember that it is the State that plays the role of guaranteeing health, education and housing to the people, and this is only possible with the teacher's profession. The Government has the responsibility to care for the health, physical, emotional and intellectual integrity of its citizens", underline in the manifesto.
To the Government, the students emphasize that "they go to school, not because the teachers need to work", but "because education is a right".
"It frightens us to see the Government belittling teachers, putting them in inhuman situations, with meager salaries, terrible working conditions, etc", they point out, stressing that students remain "firm in this chain of good, to spread hope and solidarity to education professionals".
The Union of Higher Education Teachers of Angola (SINPES) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI) have not yet reached an agreement on the points that refer to the improvement of salaries, health insurance and replacement of the subsidy of risk to physical and biological agents.
The strike, nationwide and for an indefinite period, follows a previous stoppage, which lasted more than 60 days, however suspended on November 1, 2022.