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Students contest 14 average requirement for higher teacher education

The Angolan Student Movement (MEA) considered the requirement of an average of 14 points as a requirement for admission to higher education courses for teachers to be “discriminatory”, requesting the “improvement or total repeal” of the norm.


In a note, entitled "Denunciation", sent to Lusa and already sent to the Ombudsman, the MEA vehemently repudiates the aforementioned article, which emanates from a presidential decree, "because it has a discriminatory and social exclusion character".

For the MEA, the grade factor should not be an essential criterion for access to higher education, "and those enrolled will later be submitted to tests".

"The same article excludes citizens from enrolling in public higher education, putting into question the interests of students under the terms of article 74 of the Constitution of the Republic of Angola (CRA)", the document reads.

The MEA says it is "contrary" to "article 27 of Presidential Decree No. 273/20 of 21 October, on access to higher education, which determines that students who do not have an average equal to or greater than 14 points are limited to to enroll in ISCED (Higher Institute of Educational Sciences)".

According to the student association, the aforementioned article "may encourage harassment and corruption in high school institutions with the same lineage."

"So we ask for the improvement or total repeal of article 27 of this decree on access to higher education", refers the MEA, which also asks the Ombudsman for a position on the matter.

The Secretary of State for Higher Education, Eugénio Alves da Silva, recently announced that the nature of the entrance exams in teacher training courses "will be national in scope, will be prepared by national specialty juries and candidates must have an average 14 the Portuguese Language, Mathematics, and in the specialty discipline to compete".

At least 144,301 places are "authorised" for the academic year 2021/2022 at the level of public and private higher education institutions, whose classes are expected to start in September.

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