The National Teachers Union (Sinprof) of Angola today welcomed the new school calendar in the country, which in general education and the university education sub-sector will run from September to July, considering that “a good decision” was made.
Angola's new school calendar, which will be adopted as of the next school year, was approved on Wednesday during the ninth meeting of the Council of Ministers chaired by the Angolan President, João Lourenço.
"We subscribe to the new school calendar approved yesterday [Wednesday] in the Council of Ministers, in fact Sinprof has been manifesting this since last May in documents submitted to the Ministry of Education and the President of the Republic", said today, in statements to Lusa, the president of the teachers' union, Guilherme Silva.
According to the union leader, Angola moved to the SADC (Southern African Development Community) calendar in 1999 with the objective of regional integration and the circulation of teachers and students.
"But we have not seen any gains in this regional circulation and we have even noticed that this integration has been incipient, even from an economic point of view, mainly because a large part of our scholarship students are more in the northern hemisphere", he observed.
For Guilherme Silva, the new school calendar in the country, which he considers a “right decision, although late”, will contribute so that students are not penalized during the rainy season or even the cacimbo period (dry season, between May 15 and 15 of August).
Assim sendo, prosseguiu, “é bem-vinda a decisão de o calendário escolar começar em setembro e terminar em junho e julho, portanto subscrevemos e vínhamos defendendo isso mesmo”.
The official also stressed: “The country's decision-makers have been able to listen to the most diverse fringes of society in order to contribute all for the good of the country”.
Classes in general education and the university education sub-sector, suspended since last March due to covid-19, gradually resume, starting next Monday, October 5th.
The measure of lack of definition is part of the period of public calamity that Angola has been experiencing since May 26.
The Framework School Calendar approved on Wednesday must be in force in all public, public-private and private educational institutions in order to fix the school term, prepare the school year, determine the solemn moments, school activities, school, assessment and periods of interruptions and vacations.
Luanda, 01 Oct 2020 (Lusa)