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Portuguese teachers take to the streets over government cuts


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Portuguese teachers take to the streets over government cuts

Thousands of teachers from across Portugal have marched through Lisbon to protest against new working conditions imposed by the Government.

The measures include losing 14,000 teachers in 2013 alone, cuts to wages, increased working hours, and more pupils in each class.

One teacher taking part in the demonstration said: “They are destroying not only education but all other areas of the country.” She added: “We need to fight, we have to stop being submissive and we have to do something for our rights. We have to fight for what is ours and not let them continue to steal from us”.

The Portuguese Government is also considering charging for secondary education as well as increasing fees for higher education.

The teaching union say the changes are an attack on public education and on the teaching profession.

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