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Decree Law No. 10-B/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 24/2021, Series I of 2021-02-04
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 10-B/2021
  • Pages: 9-(2) a 9-(4)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law establishes exceptional and temporary measures concerning the area of education for 2021, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is going to change?

Measures concerning the achievement of learning, the postponement, modification or extension of school terms, and teaching staff are adopted.

Application of the measures

These measures apply to pre-school education, primary and secondary education, provided in public, private and cooperative educational establishments, including vocational schools, both public and private.

It also applies to distance learning and to individual and home education.

School Calendar

The school calendar shall be altered by order of the member of the Government responsible for the area of education in order to accommodate the suspension of educational and teaching activities already decreed.

Educational and teaching activities

Personal data may be processed in the case of non-presential teaching.

Such processing must be that which is indispensable for the implementation of learning by telematic means.

Teaching career and similar duties during the 2020/2021 academic year

The duty of presentation following placement, contracting or return to service is considered fulfilled through contact by email, dispensing with face-to-face presentation.

The scheduling of holidays is adjusted by the school management to the school calendar, in order to ensure the needs arising from the calendar of tests and examinations, without prejudice to the teachers' right to take holidays.

The deadlines for the evaluation cycles shall be adjusted so that the progression requirements are met, without prejudice to the teachers, under the terms to be defined by order of the member of the Government responsible for the area of education.

In 2021, the hiring of teachers will be speeded up, allowing a school to hire after a recruitment reserve without placement or without acceptance (the rule regime foresees the need for two reserves without placement or without acceptance).

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law ensures the continuity of educational and teaching activities, in a fair, equitable and as normal as possible manner.

It allows reducing the risk of contagion and reinforces the prevention and fight against the epidemic.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 5 February 2021.

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