Two months after the start of strikes in schools, which "affected students in a very different way", the president of the National Confederation of Parents' Associations (Confap) said that "parents and secondary students are concerned" with the national exams.
“We wouldn't want there to be more overload, but we can see that's what will happen. There will have to be a reinforcement of support classes that allow students to take the national exams. I just don't think easier exams should be done”, said Mariana Carvalho in statements to Lusa.
Mariana Carvalho underlined that the strike that started on December 9 last year was felt very differently in the more than 5,000 public education establishments spread across the country.
“There are many schools that did not feel any effect from the strikes, others were closed for a day or two, which is easily manageable and recoverable. But then there are cases of students who practically didn't have classes during the entire month of January, namely in the Algarve and Lisbon areas”, she said, speaking to Lusa.
For this reason, for Confap, “there has to be a differentiating strategy so that the most disadvantaged students are able to have the same level of learning, because there are students with zero impact or very close to zero and others where the impact was serious”.
Added to this inequality is that of belonging to a family with or without the financial capacity to be able to pay a tutor who can help to recover the subject that was not taught at school, added Mariana Carvalho.
For Confap, it is necessary to carry out a survey of the real impact of strikes in schools and then design strategies that allow students to recover material.