On 24th of January are held Presidential Elections. The IOC launched a campaign statement and contact to get to schools and workplaces across the country, claiming the need for a President committed to comply with and enforce the Constitution.
The Portuguese Communist Youth welcomes students of higher education who resist and fight for their right to a Higher Public Education, Free, Democratic and quality, like as inscribed in the fundamental law, the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic.
On November 26, students from Porto, Lisbon, Vila Real, Braga, Bragança, Almada, Aveiro, Algarve, Coimbra and Évora, responding to the call of various structures and student associations, organized denunciation actions and protest around issues like the lack of pedagogical conditions the result of shortcomings in the teaching and non-teaching, as well as in infrastructure and other materials; tuition, fees and charges; insufficient and successively delayed scholarships; early school leaving and the thousands who are forced to work or borrow to continue to study.
The many actions and the hundreds of students involved from north to south of the country shows that students do not accept the underfunding situation of the institutions and the political moment that we live in our country requires all the fighting in order to effect a policy change which put an end to the elitism path and commodification of education.
On behalf of the IOC, we reaffirm that we will do everything so that the demands of the students are heard. We committed to continue the struggle of students and we urge that this be intensified in order to ensure, in practice, a change of policies for higher education.
The Secretariat of the Higher Education Center Directorate (DCEs) JCP
The Portuguese Communist Youth, is in solidarity with the students and their just demands and welcomes all students who took to the streets by the 5th of November 2015. The students of Secondary Education took to the streets in several municipalities in the district of Lisbon , Porto, Coimbra, Santarém, Aveiro, Leiria, Évora, Braga Setúbal, Algarve, to claim their right to a public school, free of charge and quality.
In a context in which the beginning of the school year is marked by the deterioration of the material and human conditions in the schools of Basic and Secondary Education, the result of right policy practiced for years by the PS governments, PSD and CDS, based on funding cuts for the education. These funding cuts are an attack on our right to study and translate the growing lack of material conditions and in several schools with stops works, lack of heating in classrooms, equipment can not be used as a result of high costs maintenance. This lack of investment in public school is also reflected in the absence of employees, which means that in more and more schools services or are operating in a few hours or are privatized, as are examples of this are numerous cafeterias for schools north to south of the country.
While hundreds are students who today are forced to drop out of school because they can not afford the costs of education often and so many others who have to work in order to pay for their studies.
The expression of this day of fighting proves that students do not accept the continuation of the policy of destruction of public school practiced for years by governments PS, PSD, CDS.
The JCP also calls for unity of students and intensification of the struggle in schools and on the streets in defense of Public Education, Free and Quality, reaffirming that is the strengthening and intensification of the struggle of the students who will pave the way for the resolution of their problems and for fulfillment of their rights: the effectiveness of April School, as it is enshrined in the Portuguese Constitution.