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SINPROF meets with Parliamentary Group SINPROF meets with Parliamentary Group

SINPROF meets with Parliamentary Group
SINPROF MEETING WITH THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMMISSION THAT DEALS WITH THE ISSUES OF EDUCATION - CHAIRMED BY THE PRESIDENT CÂNDIDA NARCISO

The National Secretariat of SINPROF met with the 6th Commission of the National Assembly, in response to its invitation, with the aim of listening to the issues of education that currently constitute reasons for dissatisfaction in the education sector in Angola.
The Union under the direction of Secretary General Manuel de Victória Pereira exposed the union concerns that we summarize in 3 aspects below:

1-The state of Education
2-The claim of Education workers
3-Union Rights within the democratic framework existing in our country
 
In the first point, it was explained the precarious state in which the schools are, including in Luanda, there is a lack of educational material and terrible physical conditions of the infrastructures. There is even a glaring lack of planning in the implementation of the Educational Reform that has been implemented for more than five years, but which, however, most teachers are unaware of the guiding programs that support the same process.
He also referred to the international commitments that Angola has initialed concerning the World Education for All Campaign until 2015, in which the Ministry of Education stands out for doing little, so that our country does not have children outside the education system , unfortunately our Ministry even shied away from participating in the activities carried out in reference to the World CME Week of Action (World Campaign for Education) promoted by the International Education (IE) through the unions affiliated to it, even though it knew that it would be the main beneficiary , for the participation of the social partners.
To highlight the unfortunate state of education, it was recalled that the union's demands are not reduced to wage aspects, but also to the right and quality of education, where it appears that illiteracy is, more and more, a case forgotten by its eradication; the claim book that motivated the last strike, contained substantially aspects of memos from years past, some achievements even emptied with the conversion of careers; we proposed 1 comprehensive exam prize for all, proposed at 50% but unilaterally reduced to 30%; some subsidies such as income, isolation, etc. they were simply ignored, even after they were negotiated.
At a time when there are still a considerable number of teachers in all provinces without retraining professionally, for reasons unknown to the union, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Employment (MAPESS) considered the process successful and concluded in 2002.
Among the many problems are: The Management and Headship Allowance exists in a diploma, but there are still forgotten positions in the lower classes, in Luanda they are being paid but in the provinces nobody assumes. For these subsidies to be paid, schools must be legally created and published in Diário da República. There are wage arrears that are very common as there are workers with arrears in 2003 Example: Cahama-Cunene whose wages were stolen; the new teachers recruited, example: Bié, Bengo (Ambriz and Quissama) are 4 months without salaries. We also claim the fact that there is no continuous training for teachers, given the difficulties of entering ISCED. MED converted medium Institutes in Puniv, without just cause, not to mention the students who finish high school without ever visiting a laboratory or library.
SINPROF is of the opinion that the General State Budget should increase the amount allocated to Education, since in Angola the percentage allocated has been below the average of the SADC countries, some with less economic resources.
Despite the poor management of education, the MED is more concerned with guiding its provincial structures to hunt down union members, as is the case in Uíge, where it is an indispensable condition to run for a teacher, filling out a form in which the candidate previously waives the adhesion of any strike.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Union evaluated the meeting as positive, as it was the first time that the Deputies observed the sensitivity claimed to the problems of teaching management.
The parties recognized the need for them to be able to work together to understand the real problems in the education sector through the exchange of correspondence.
The Union was informed about the initiative of the Deputies to visit some structures of the Ministry of Education (provincial and national), to "in situ" verify the reality.
The SINPROF leadership on behalf of the teachers and workers it represents commends the group of Deputies, for listening to our concerns and, in an environment different from the intimidation that we were targeted at, in the same place in 1996, and without any promises, they showed sharing education concerns in Angola and saw the Union as a social partner.

THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT IN LUANDA, MAY 18, 2007