Almost half of the professors (42%) who teach in public higher education institutions are hired on a part-time and fixed-term basis, a situation that remains “because of the financial restrictions that exist in the institutions: the money that is transferred from the budget of the State is always insufficient for the expenses”, he tells Renaissance the president of the National Higher Education Union (SNEsup), Mariana Gaio Alves. In total, more than 14,000 are in this situation, out of a universe of 34,000 teachers.
Mariana Gaio Alves expresses the fear that “it is less and less possible to hire the necessary teachers to ensure the classes given in Higher Education”, admitting that there is a risk of students being left without teachers. “If universities and polytechnics continue to have no budget, there will come a time when we reach this stage”, she reiterates.
Mariana Gaio Alves also underlines that, this year in particular, “the number of new students is again very high and the general context is even more difficult, with inflation, with the increase in the price of electricity and all this weighs on the university and polytechnic budgets. The president of SNEsup says, therefore, that institutions are “increasingly with financial constraints.”
“Money is starting to be very little to ensure the number of teachers that is needed to accommodate the number of students that has been increasing in recent years”, he says.
For this official, who is a professor at the University of Lisbon, if “the number of students is increasing, we also need to increase the number of professors and give them more adequate working conditions”.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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