Salute the struggle of the students of the Elementary and Secondary Education of November 5

(data: 5.11.2015)

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.


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.

Professional School of Tondela

The School of Professional Tondela, as in other professional schools of our country, we are witnessing the degradation of the material and human conditions, as a result of funding cuts practiced over the years by the governments of the PS, PSD and CDS.


Students are faced with the false idea of ​​receiving money to study, as a result of subsidies that should receive, but in fact, in addition to some being late (as exemplified by the materials exchange) the expenses that students will have throughout the year, they have revealed that study is not available to anyone, but who can. In Restoration Course, for example, the training allowance only reaches students at the end of stage (on average 100 euros) and must be such as to ensure the cost of travel, meals and even some materials throughout the stage, have to pay 10 euros for the uniform, and the shoes needed for the lessons are at least 35 euros. Before a regime of hard faults, which when exceeded requires students to pay 20 euros in order to reset the module.


About the material conditions in School Tondela Professional, the gym has small dimensions, taking into account the number of classes that use the simultaneous space and the changing rooms are too small so that students can equip the same time, and sometimes lacking hot water to shower after class. Also the canteen has a small size for the amount of school students. Lack computers with necessary conditions for undergraduate students of Technical Information and Management and lack a bar in the school affordable for all students!


The Portuguese Communist Youth advocates a vocational education that is worthy, public, free and quality, in which the integral formation of students should be the priority, as well as enhance the county or district where the students, and not be the serving the interests of regional economic groups, who take advantage of this subsystem by the fact that more and more students are pushed into vocational courses because they have economic and financial conditions to join the college. Courses may not be used to make hand-work more easily exploitable, serving the logic of increased profits of the business groups.


JCP appeals to students of vocational education that schools and intensify streets their fight for the right to study at public and free professional education they are entitled to, the strengthening of funding from the state and the dignity of this education system.