The shortage of professionals in the municipal education network in Rio was the subject of a public hearing, held last Monday (27), by the Education Commission of the Chamber of Rio.
Data collected by the office of councilor Luciana Boiteux (Psol) indicate that in the last 10 years, the network recorded the loss of 6,120 teachers and more than 21,000 students. Among education support staff in the municipal network, there are 4,526 professionals less since 2014.
The call for public servants, the incentive to the migration policy, the review of job and salary plans and the guarantee of hiring special education agents were pointed out by the debaters as the way out to guarantee the quality of the municipal education network.
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On the possibility of calling those approved in the contests held in 2016 and 2019, the vice-president of the Commission, councilor Prof. Célio Lupparelli (PSD), reinforced that many of these professionals are already in a position to assume the positions.
“Considering the secretariat’s announcement of the hiring of 570 new professors, why hasn’t there been a call for the bank of approved in the last contests to remedy part of the deficit of teachers, since the candidates are able to be called?”, asked professor Célio Lupparelli .
Undersecretary of the Municipal Department of Education, Antoine Azevedo, explained that the reduction of teachers in the network occurred concomitantly with a change in the admission model of the workload.
“From 2013 we began to admit only 40-hour teachers. 16h and 22.5h teachers retire and 40-hour teachers join, so there is a reduction in the number of active enrollments, but if you take into account the workload that teachers total, it does not decrease, it remains the same or even increases”, explains Antoine.
According to the manager, the SME has been calling for support staff and teachers, in addition to organizing systems and norms to better manage the network, but which run into the lack of budgetary resources.
“The priority is the calling of teachers. There were 2,640 professors who took office in the last two years and 1,240 new appointments. Already the call for 570 teachers that was announced is in the final stage of processing with the Treasury and city hall bodies so that it can be effective. We hope to publish it in the coming weeks.”
Representative of the State Union of Education Professionals of Rio de Janeiro (SEPE-RJ), Marcelo Santana also called for new public tenders to hire school cooks, porter agents, servants, school secretaries and special education agents to handle serve students.
“We have 11,000 professionals doing double conducting, even with a bank of candidates. There are 7,591 conductors and 2,430 managers enrolled in the migration. We need the SME to indicate when the next call for candidates and migrants will be, because at school, all professionals are educators, not just the conductors”, emphasized Santana.
The Public Defender’s Office and the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (DP-RJ) have been closely monitoring the situation. “We requested information from the SME about the real shortage of teachers, the deadline and goals of actions to solve the problem, how many calls were made in the 2019 contest, among other questions. We are waiting for a position from the City Hall”, he explained. Prosecutor Glaucia Maria said that a civil inquiry was opened to investigate the lack of teachers in the network.
*With information from the Chamber of Rio de Janeiro.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse
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