The week was marked by the return to school of millions of students. The prime minister, António Costa, said he was confident of a smooth school year.
Avillez is concerned about “this state of affairs” and stresses that, while it is “great that the classes are in person”, it is necessary to look at this school year without forgetting its recent past, nor a “less recent” past , recalling the fact that the current minister of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, is the minister who has been in his portfolio for the longest time, since there has been democracy.
We can seriously ask ourselves intellectually, morally and politically what he has done in such a long time. I would like to recall one of the main drivers of the malfunction and educational waste that has occurred: the end of exams”, he stated.
to the commentator of TVI, the measure always takes much more from the students than the simple “know Portuguese or mathematics”, since “there was a whole education that came with the ability to take an exam”.
Maria João Avillez also criticizes the “always latent rivalry in this government” of blaming Passos Coelho’s executive, in this case the former Education Minister Nuno Crato, for the problems that occur during this legislature.
This Government thinks that everything is the fault of Passos Coelho, or, in this case, Nuno Crato, Minister of Education of Pedro Passos Coelho, which is something that no one believes anymore. And then, an extraordinary thing, to keep telling people things that don’t happen or that aren’t like that anymore”, he explained.
Regarding the effects of the pandemic on education, Avillez admits that covid-19 came to affect everyone, including government officials, but questions the overly optimistic speech of the prime minister, “always on the verge of announcing a wonderland”, which promised one computer per student in February 2020 and, more than a year later, there are still computers to come.
Another of the themes chosen by the commentator was the evocation of Jorge Sampaio, whom she recalled as “a serious and working man”, who “very much liked music”.
He was a man who was immensely moved”, said.