Teachers threaten to stop examinations and boycott school year start

Teachers have scheduled a protest for the 23rd and will discuss the possibility of another march.

Teachers have scheduled a protest for the 23rd and will discuss the possibility of another march.

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Teachers will vote on the possibility of boycotting preparatory meetings for the next school year, which will take place just before the general elections.

The protests that will likely mark the end of this school year may drag on until the beginning of the next. At a time when it becomes increasingly likely that schools will experience a 'bumpy' third quarter, there is an online questionnaire for teachers centering on protest methods to be carried out in order to demand the return of 'service time'. In addition to the previously announced strikes affecting senior years' classes, the union confederation will also hold a vote on the possibility of boycotting national exams and blocking preparatory meetings for the next school year - just before the elections.

One of the possibilities under discussion is a strike "coinciding with secondary education examination days and 9th-grade final tests." This is a protest that is bound to have great impact on public opinion, and which a 2014 amendment to the General Labor Law (during Passos Coelho's administration) tried to prevent by establishing 'minimum services' "with regard to final exams or nation-wide tests that have to take place on the same date across the country."

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