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Students missed 14 school weeks with university professors' strike

The Ministry of Higher Education announced that students missed 14 school weeks as a result of the teachers' strike, suspended after a three-month stoppage, and hopes that differences with teachers can be resolved.


The ministerial entity, in a statement to which Lusa had access after the resumption of classes in public higher education, wishes that the return of classes does not suffer another suspension and asks for the commitment of students and teachers to "make up for lost time".

"We also hope that in this period the differences that still separate the union and the executive can be resolved in such a way that the demands contained in the memorandum of understanding between the Ministry and the union can be fully complied with", the note says.

Classes in public higher education resumed on Tuesday after the Angolan National Union of Higher Education Teachers (Sinpes) suspended the strike for thirty days, which lasted three months.

The secretary general of Sinpes, Eduardo Peres Alberto, said on Tuesday that the suspension of the strike for 30 days, between April 5 and May 5, was deliberated in the assembly, but it can be resumed if the authorities do not accept the new salary proposal.

"In the assembly, we also rejected the President of the Republic's proposal for a 6 percent salary increase and approved a new proposal ranging from 2.6 million kwanzas for the full professor and 1.5 million kwanzas for the assistant professor intern", stated in statements to Lusa.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation points out, in the statement, that there was a loss of about 14 weeks in the academic calendar resulting from the stoppage made as part of the strike.

"But we still have 13 weeks to manage until the end of the deadline defined as the deadline for complying with the academic calendar", stresses the note publicly presented by the Secretary of State for Higher Education, Eugénio Alves da Silva.

According to the ministry, higher education institutions were instructed to establish, based on an indicative guideline proposed by the Government, a contingency plan to allow the management of compliance with the course curricula.

"Thus, taking into account the heterogeneous framework with which we are dealing, the institutions were asked to make this very careful and very parsimonious management of the time and available resources to guarantee the fulfillment of the minimum objectives of the programs".

The ministerial body also asks students to attend classes and mobilize for learning the syllabus and for the corresponding assessment".

"It is also important that professors mobilize to try to make up for lost time and ensure that this academic year registers the minimum of loss and the minimum of failure, as any stoppage always has a negative impact on student life and the life of institutions. ", the statement concludes.

The strike, which began last January 3, is suspended for thirty days, but, noted Peres Alberto, "if the Government does not meet the union's salary proposal", then the strike will resume "for an indefinite period from 9 of May".

"And we also suspended it in response to the clamor of students, it is a sign that we are not radical, it is an obligation of the State to guarantee the well-being of those who work, hence the need for political goodwill on the part of the Government", highlighted the leader of the Sinpes.

Salary increases, better working conditions, payment of public debt and elections of the governing bodies of public higher education institutions are some of the demands of university professors.

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