PR Horta praises Portugal for investing good quality schools in TL

PR Horta praises Portugal for investing good quality schools in TL

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DILI, 13 september (2022)– President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, José Ramos Horta commends the Portuguese government for investing in the good quality ‘Ruy Cinatti’ Portuguese School in Timor-Leste.

Horta acknowledged that the ‘Ruy Cinatti’ school is a good quality school in Timor-Leste.

“Ruy Cinatti is a good quality school. This school was built by the Portuguese government to invest in education for Timorese children to produce quality human resources in Timor-Leste,” the President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, José Ramos Horta told reporters after visiting the EPD School in Balide, Tuesday.

Horta added that some of the students who graduated from this school are currently working in NGOs and international institutions in Portugal or other countries.

“Ruy Cinatti school’s certification is internationally accredited. Students who graduate from this school have the right to study in European countries such as France, Germany, Spain, and others,” he said.

Portuguese schools were established in this country under a European agreement made for quality schools called the ‘Debolonia agreement’ thus apart from Ruy Cinatti schools, there are also other schools called ‘CAFE schools’ which exist in all municipalities in Timor-Leste.

“I will continue to support all Portuguese schools and all Timorese schools across the country,” he stressed.

To ensure the quality of human resources in the country, Horta recommended that the Government of Timor Leste increase the budget for the education sector, particularly focusing its investment int he Kindergarten education for Timorese children.

According to Horta, many children in Timor-Leste experience late school enrolment which is contribute to the lack of quality education and quality human resources in the country.

“Most Timorese children go to school between the ages of six and seven while in another country, children go to kindergarten when they are three years old. Now 78% of Timorese students do not go to kindergarten school,” said Horta.

The director of the Ruy Cinatti, Acácio de Brito, said that currently, 1,280 students study at Ruy Cinatti, of which 1,173 are Timorese.

“We have ten groups in preschool, 18 groups in cycle I, six groups in cycle two, eight groups in cycle 3, and six groups in grade 12,” he said.
Brito also thanked all the teachers, especially the old ones, and the new ones, saying that this was a “reference school for parents, students, and political power”.

He added that the Portuguese school provides various subjects such as Portuguese, English, Spanish, mathematics, and others while the teacher is a Portuguese teacher.

According to Brito, every year the Portuguese government invests five million euros in Portuguese schools in Timor-Leste.



Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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