Vocational Education

The devaluation of vocational education, which is reflected in the successive budget cuts that schools suffer, has been reflected in the absence of conditions that students face.
In IPTA – Advanced Technologies Professional Institute, the workload has increased and therefore the time for the PAP – Project Fitness practice, indispensable for completing the course – decreased. With the extension of that workload is imposed on more stage time students, where these are, in general, used as free labor, work. The rooms where students have classes are plywood, with no conditions.


The School of Fashion at the Port there are also problems arising from the lack of funding. The Directorate of Regional Porto PCP Organization recently met with the leadership of the school, which became aware of the difficult situation in which this is due to incomprehensible delays in transferring funds to school. Second was possible to ascertain at the meeting, missing repayments totaling a value of € 282,806.75, calling into question the school’s activity. The parliamentary group of PCP intervened on the matter, demanding urgent government action to address this and other problems.
Only the organization of students and their struggle can tackle barriers to decent Vocational Education. In Porto, as elsewhere in the country.

In Oporto, the students are not silent

In recent years there have been many millions that the successive governments PS, PSD and CDS cut in higher education. In the last government were 320 million less. This worsened the conditions of higher education institutions and hampers the access of students to their constitutional right to study.


These institutions, for lack of funds, fail their students and are required to reduce the number of faculty and staff, to close courses and failing to ensure services such as the cafeteria, residence, libraries and study rooms with conditions. The award of scholarships is highly bureaucratized and is generally the minimum scholarship that is far from covering all costs related to the frequency of Higher Education.


Doing against these policies, students from various colleges Port organized themselves, denounced the problems and claimed their resolution and their rights, having already achieved some victories.


In ESE (School of Education), after a process of continuous fighting, the canteen shall be open later, allowing post-employment regime of students to dinner. There will also be works in space.


At FEUP (Faculty of Engineering of Porto) and FCUP (Faculty of the University of Porto Sciences, is being organized a petition demanding quality meals and a lower share price, in addition to more material and human conditions in canteens.


The Faculty (Faculty of Arts, University of Porto), there was a petition that had about 650 signatures for the extension of library hours as well as the improvement of your repository, accompanied by a concentration of students in the 4 November.


In ESAD (School of Arts and Design), is being collected a petition against the lack of ventilation in classrooms. This process already has a big win: works in rooms with the possibility of placing air conditioning.


The Catholic University of Porto in the psychology department, students are collecting a petition against the lack of material conditions of its class.


Private University Fernando Pessoa, stems from a petition with marked concentration due to the absence of internships.


This whole process of struggle is being successful and being made remarkable progress by students in claiming their rights thus bringing great motivation to all those who daily fight for a Public Higher Education system, free, democratic and Of Quality.