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Students announce several demonstrations for the return to classes at public universities

Students have held several demonstrations since April 15, in Luanda, asking for the return to classes in the country's public universities, paralyzed for over a month due to the teachers' strike, it was announced this Tuesday.


According to the Angolan Students Movement (MEA), the demonstrations, which are due to start on April 15th and run until May 14th, aim to alert the authorities in order to respond to the demands of university professors.

The MEA regrets that the scheduled meeting, on Monday, with the Ministry of Finance and Higher Education, to address the teachers' strike, which resumed on February 27, has "failed" and translated into "humiliation and disrespect" to students.

In this sense – says the national secretariat for higher education of the MEA –, "we decided to give the last opportunity to the mentioned ministries to comment on their absence within ten days, after which the demonstrations should begin.

At least five demonstrations, organized by the MEA, are planned for Luanda, the first being on the 15th and 16th of April, the second on the 22nd and 23rd of April, the third on the 29th and 30th of April, the fourth on the 6th and 7th of May and the last one on the 13th and 14th of May.

On February 27, the National Union of Higher Education Teachers (Sinpes) resumed its strike, for an indefinite period, in protest against "miserable wages" and the inversion of the executive's priorities.

"When you can buy 45 vehicles for a total value of 9 million euros, this is a paradox. In a country that intends to be competitive and knowing that knowledge is a lever for growth, there is no political will to increase wages", he told the Lusa the general secretary of Sinpes, Eduardo Peres Alberto, on the occasion.

Teachers claim salary updates, better working conditions, health insurance and others, contained in a memorandum of understanding of November 17, 2021.


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