Public school vs. private education. What brings both realities closer together and apart


In public or in private, Diana Frias never wanted a profession other than that of a teacher. And for five years he has made the International School of Torres Vedras his home. As soon as he finished the course, he risked going to an interview to start teaching, he was accepted and today, at the age of 27, he coordinates the group of Portuguese teachers in primary and secondary education. Diana found her place in the private and, despite competing for the public every year, admits that she does it to understand if she would be placed and not because she wants to leave the school where she works.

In the 2018/2019 academic year, Diana was already part of the 6.9% of teachers under 30 years old who made up private education. This percentage, although low, contrasts with the 0.5% of younger teachers working in the public sector. The teaching staff is much older in the public and age is precisely one of the major differences between the two sectors. In fact, in public establishments, more than half of teachers (54.1%) are over 50 years old. Only 21.6% are in the private sector.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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