Fenprof defends teachers’ fight against enactment of legislation on career progression

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Fenprof argued today that the promulgation of the law on teachers’ progression confirms the “need to keep up the just struggle”, since it “generates asymmetries” and “seeks to eliminate” years of service.

The President of the Republic today promulgated the government’s law on teacher progression, which was reformulated after Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoed the first version.

In a statement, the National Teachers’ Federation (Fenprof) believes that the enactment of the law “creates new asymmetries in the career and seeks to eliminate the six years, six months and 23 days (of unaccounted service) and confirms the need for teachers to keep up their just struggle”.

The law enacted today establishes a special system for regularizing asymmetries in the career progression of kindergarten teachers and primary and secondary school teachers in public pre-school, primary and secondary schools.

The President of the Republic had already revealed that he would promulgate the law, saying he hoped the next school year would be “less hectic” than the last.

For Fenprof, “the law that supposedly regularizes asymmetries in teachers’ career progression not only doesn’t solve the problem of existing asymmetries, but also creates new ones”.

The union federation argues that “the law seeks to consolidate the definitive elimination of the six years, six months and 23 days of service time completed and not counted for career purposes; it is a law that does not recover a single one of those missing days and that maintains the vacancies for progression to the 5th and 7th steps, as well as the quotas that generate tremendous injustices in the evaluation of teachers’ performance”.

Teachers continue to demand full recovery of the time they have worked, albeit in stages.

“It’s a pity that this problem, which is not the only one, but is undoubtedly the one that most unites teachers, remains, as it will prevent us from finally having a peaceful school year in which the struggle gives way to serious and consistent negotiation,” warns Fenprof, which says it does not yet know the final text of the enacted law.

Once it gets to know the diploma, Fenprof “will decide on the need to take a new stance”, while continuing the fight for full recovery of the service time still frozen and the elimination of vacancies and quotas.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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