The Legislative Assembly of Madeira (ALM) today unanimously approved a proposal of the Regional Government that allows extraordinary linking dozens of contract teachers who teach in the region for five consecutive years or 10 interspersed.
The proposal was presented today, discussed in generality and approved unanimously, in plenary session of the ALM.
“The bill recognizes the integration of permanent” 25 teachers who have been teaching in Madeira for five consecutive years and “extraordinary linking” dozens of teachers who “served the education of Madeira” for 10 years, but with intervals in time, said the Secretary of Education of the archipelago, who defended the proposal in plenary.
Jorge Carvalho pointed out that the Madeiran executive “proceeded to full recovery of service time” and the “placement of teachers for periods of four years” in schools.
“It does not seem fair teachers have more than 10 years of service” and still not be linked, he stressed.
The governor said that, by the end of the year, more “42 teachers who meet five consecutive years will link automatically”, even if they have taught different subjects.
Jorge Carvalho noted that the region has only 293 contract teachers, a total of 6,200 teachers.
The secretary also admitted that, “in some groups, It begins to verify some teacher needs, not yet a critical situation in Madeira”, but assured that the Regional Government is working to “alleviate” the problem.
In the text of this proposal also contain changes that determine “the creation of two teaching area boards, one for Madeira and another for Porto Santo” and clarifies the definition of annual contract and holiday enjoyment in the case of teachers with successive contracts of uncertain resolutive term in the same school year.
The insular government wants to “promote greater stability in the teaching staff of the island of Porto Santo, establishing an exceptional scheme of transition to the pedagogical area to teachers in mobility regime on that island for at least four years”.
During the discussion, deputies from PCP, Ricardo Lume, and JPP Paulo Alves argued that the deadline for linking teachers should be reduced to three years, as happens at national level.
The regional secretary pointed out that, on the mainland, teachers have to wait for competitions, while in Madeira it becomes automatic, mentioning that, “in the region, a teacher with 60 or more years has a reduction of eight hours in the workload”.
Mafalda Gonçalves (PS) also argued that should be extended the concept of counting the year “to ensure that no teacher is prejudiced” for being placed one or two days after the start of classes.
The parliamentary leader of CDS-PP/Madeira, Lopes da Fonseca, argued that the Government of the Republic is not complying with the binding of teachers, considering that the regional diploma “has no parallel at national level” and the Minister of Education “does not respect teachers”.
In today’s plenary, Members madeiran still unanimously approved, in final overall vote, three diplomas analyzed in previous sessions.
Among these initiatives are two presented by the only deputy PCP, Ricardo Lume, one of which defends “the allocation of insularity allowance” for central government employees working in Madeira.
The other proposes the “strengthening of the response capacity of home help”, with the hiring of 200 more workers.
Also approved unanimously was a draft resolution of the socialist bench that advocates “a pilot project to provide meals made with organic food in school canteens” the region.
The island parliament also voted unanimously a vote of regret for the death of the Madeiran priest José Nóbrega, Claretian missionary, in Venezuela, in 30 March, victim of covid-19, presented by PSD.
Two greetings to the outgoing rector of the University of Madeira, José Carmo, and other three related to Student Day, marked the 24 March, were also approved unanimously.