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Parties vote against free Portuguese education abroad

The diplomas voted today in the Assembly of the Republic aimed at the free teaching of Portuguese abroad were rejected, with votes against by the Socialist Party and abstentions, among others, by the PSD.

Thus, the only one of the nine diplomas on the teaching of Portuguese abroad which ended up being approved was a draft resolution of the Socialist Party (PS).

This project, which recommends the government to strengthen the teaching of Portuguese abroad (EPE) in its various dimensions and to intensify the use of digital technologies to make it more attractive, interactive and adapted to the profile of the students, received votes in favor of socialist and social policy - Democratic Benches and Liberal Initiative, Left Bloc (BE), Animal and Nature Party (PAN) and Book.

As for the bill initiated by the PAN, which determined the end of bribes or registration fees for young Portuguese and Portuguese descendants who attended Portuguese courses abroad, one of whom deserved the more attention during the debate on Wednesday, was rejected by the votes against by the Socialist Party and with the abstentions of the PSD and the Liberal Initiative.

As for the diploma on the free teaching of foreign Portuguese, an initiative of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), it had the favorable votes of Chega, PCP, Bloco de Esquerda, PAN and Livre, but also ended up being rejected with the The PS votes against and with the abstentions of the PSD and the Liberal Initiative.

Likewise, Bill 184 of the Chega initiative, aimed at promoting free and quality Portuguese education abroad for children and young people of Portuguese and Portuguese origin, received votes in favor of this party. , as well as the Bloco de Esquerda and the PAN, but had to vote against it on the Socialist Party bench. The Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Liberal Initiative, the PCP and Le Livre abstained.

The PS had already rejected on Wednesday the end of bribes in the ECE and a transfer of responsibility for this matter to another ministry would solve all the problems of teaching the language outside the country, being, therefore, accused of ignoring the complaints of Portuguese emigrants.

"It is not correct to attribute the reduction of EPE students to bribes", declared the socialist deputy Paulo Pisco in plenary of the Assembly of the Republic, adding that the problems are not due to the guardianship (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The socialist was speaking during the assessment of the petition "Portuguese for all - For the right of our children and young people to free and quality ECE" and nine parliamentary initiatives, signed by seven parties, on Portuguese at the stranger.

In response, MP Rodrigo Saraiva, of the Liberal Initiative, said that this position of the party with the parliamentary majority ignores the apprehensions that the Council of Portuguese Communities, the government's advisory body on emigration, has recently conveyed to different group parliaments.

For the PSD, MP Maló de Abreu deplored the "disinvestment" of Portuguese abroad, increasingly a bet as a foreign language and less as a mother tongue.

And concerning the reduction in the number of students, the social democrat defended himself: “It is urgent to reverse the trajectory”.

For Paula Santos (PCP), "all is not well at ECE", as she felt that the deputy Paulo Pisco said, warning of the reduction of students, but also of teachers.

The deputy Rui Tavares (Book), in view of the agreement of the deputies around the importance of the ECE and the Portuguese language abroad, wondered: "After all, what is missing if there is consensus? ".

And he defended an investment in the Portuguese language, “not only as an effective link, but also as an investment”.

The appreciated petition was officially presented to the Assembly of the Republic two years ago and collected more than 4 signatures, obtained "thanks to a collective effort of compatriots residing in Portugal and beyond", in a total of 500 countries concerned, according to the Regional Council of Portuguese Communities in Europe (CRCPE), promoter of the initiative.

The petitioners defend the differentiation of educational policies according to the beneficiary “through an adequate institutional response with the return of responsibility for ECEs to the Ministry of Education”.

The CRCPE recalls that the introduction of tuition fees at the EPE, in 2014, “had devastating consequences, with a reduction of nearly 10 students in a single academic year”.

Following this petition, the PCP presented a bill defending free ECE, the Bloco de Esquerda another to defend the elimination of bribes for ECE and the guarantee of free textbooks schools adopted.

The Chega Bill aimed to amend Decree-Law No. 165/2006 of August 11, in order to promote free ECE abroad for Portuguese children and young people of Portuguese descent.

Livre's draft resolution recommended that the government defend the teaching of Portuguese as a mother tongue abroad, while the People-Animais Natureza (PAN) presented a draft resolution to recommend that the executive guarantee the right to access to ECE for Portuguese and Portuguese descendants. residing abroad.

The PAN has also presented a bill that determines the end of the charging of fees/registration fees to young Portuguese and Portuguese descendants who attend or will attend ECE.

Chega also defended a draft resolution for the right of children and young people of Portuguese and Portuguese origin to free and quality ECE abroad.

The Liberal Initiative's draft resolution defends the teaching of Portuguese as a mother tongue for Portuguese and Portuguese descendants outside Portugal and the PS, the only one approved, recommended that the government "strengthen ECE in its various dimensions and to intensify the use of digital technologies to make it more attractive, interactive and adapted to the profile of students”.

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