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Portuguese teachers threaten to boycott controversial exam

English.news.cn   2013-12-16 14:30:16            

LISBON, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Teachers in Portugal have threatened to boycott a controversial qualifying exam imposed by the government.

Andre Pestaner, an organizer and member of the teachers' unions took to Facebook on Sunday to call on all teachers to boycott the exam, set for Wednesday.

He would not give the details of the boycott, because it "would mean giving the opponent (the ministry of education and science) weapons".

Earlier this month, hundreds of teachers protested outside Portugal's parliament building against the new exam and called for Education Minister Nuno Crato to step down.

Crato said he hoped "common sense" prevailed in order for the exam to be taken "in complete tranquility".

The exam, named "assessment of knowledge and capacity (PACC)", requires teachers with no link to the public service to take an exam before obtaining the qualification to teach.

The requirement was later modified after an agreement was reached between the government and two workers' unions, saying the exam had to be taken only by teachers with less than five years teaching experience.

The agreement was contested by teachers' unions, who denounced it as "discrimination against the independent trade union movement". They have filed complaints against the minister of education and science, according to Portugal's Lusa News Agency.

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Hundreds of teachers protest against Portugal's gov't-imposed qualifying exam

LISBON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of teachers protested outside Portugal's parliament building on Thursday against a new controversial exam for teachers imposed by the Portuguese government.

The protestors, all dressed in black, called for Education Minister Nuno Crato to step down while holding banners that read "You've failed." Full story

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