Riot police called in at schools after teacher protests

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 19-12-2013 14:36:00 · 0 Comments
Riot police called in at schools after teacher protests

Portuguese riot police were called to a school in Almada on the south bank of the Tagus on Wednesday following an attempted invasion of the institution on a day of the teachers’ assessment tests.

The police troops were called by the local officers who had been alerted by the school.
The school said the protestors were “very aggressive” as they had broken all the windows in the school frontage.
Nevertheless, the teachers’ assessment was going ahead, the school said.

More than 13,000 teachers were expected to have taken the test on Wednesday, the same day that one of the teaching unions, Fenprof, had scheduled a strike.
The teachers’ assessment was announced in the summer and it was immediately contested.
In November following a meeting between the ministry of education and unions, many unions agreed that the test would only be for teachers with less than five years’ experience.


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