According to a statement from the Ministry of Education, to which VerAngola had access, the proposal was presented to the associations. "The Angolan Executive, represented by the Secretaries of State for Finance and Treasury and for Higher Education, proceeded, today [Thursday], 31 August, in Luanda, to present to the associations the proposal to adjust the fees and emoluments of public and private teaching and education institutions for the academic and academic year 2023/2024", reads the note.
The guardianship informs that the value of tuition fees and fees "continues under the regime of monitored prices", and "their calculation basis for the annual adjustment is now made" considering the homologous inflation rate of May of each calendar year, published by the National Statistics Institute, relating to each previous academic and academic year.
Thus, for the new academic year (2023/2024), considering that the year-on-year inflation rate in May of this year stood at 10.62 percent, the joint executive decree – to be published shortly – "establishes this limit for the variation in the value of tuition fees and fees for different education subsystems", states the ministry.
"The Angolan Executive also recognizes that the adjustment of fees and emoluments in the proposed terms, that is, based on the inflation rate, protects all stakeholders, mainly families, and will help to preserve the purchasing power of institutions and guarantee the quality of the education offered, as well as allowing them to maintain and improve their infrastructures through investments", advances the guardianship in the communiqué.
The meeting was attended by the Secretaries of State for Finance and Treasury, Ottoniel dos Santos, and for Higher Education, Eugénio Silva, as well as the National Director of Youth and Adult Education, Evaristo Pedro, representing the Ministry of Education. While on the side of the associations, the vice-president of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions of Angola, João Basílio, the president of the National Association of Private Education, António Pacavira, the president of the Association of Private Higher Education Students of Angola, Nielton Tima and the President of the National Movement of Young University Students of Angola, José Cerqueira, marked their presence.