Marcelo defends that schools should “close as soon as possible”

Despite pointing out devastating effects for students, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa argues that schools should close “as soon as possible”, he told the Observer today.

Manuel de Almeida / Lusa

The President of the Republic and re-running for the same office, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said this Thursday, January 21, to "Observer" that the decision to close schools “will be devastating for the school year”.

The Government's final decision will be presented today from 13 pm after the Council of Ministers meeting, but everything indicates that schools will be closed as early as Friday.

Despite pointing out devastating effects for students, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa agrees that the decision to be taken must be “close as soon as possible to understand and face the challenges” that the country currently faces. The President of the Republic classifies that this Government decision still has the objective of "keeping parents at home", while the children have to stay with the classes remotely.

Yesterday, January 20, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, revealed that there were new data to be analyzed in relation to the closure of teaching spaces. "There are new data that should be considered and this consideration can be done at all times," he said when asked about the possibility of closing schools.

Last Tuesday, January 19, Prime Minister António Costa was in the debate in Parliament, where admitted the possibility of schools closing if the British strain became prevalent. “If we know for the week, if we know tomorrow, if the day after tomorrow we know, if in 15 days we know, for example, that the English strain has become dominant in our country, we will probably have to close schools and then I will do what I have to do, which is to close schools, ”said António Costa in the debate.

On Thursday night, the President of the Republic said he agreed with the closure of schools and universities in Portugal as a measure to stop the pandemic that hit record cases and deaths on Wednesday.

“I already knew that this could happen [school closes]. I think it is a good solution, if that is the one adopted by the Council of Ministers, and apparently the [Health] minister announced it is a good solution ”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Wednesday night in an interview with Porto Channel.

“First, it is not easy to distinguish between cycles and to close A or B or C or D. Second, social dissemination is entering schools, the number of classes at home has increased very substantially in recent times and some of the tests that started to be made in schools point to the prudence of such measures ”, said the head of state.

Read more


Schools and universities closed. António Costa speaks to the country from 13 pm

The prime minister will address the Portuguese from 13 pm. The executive's source told Lusa that the Government will close schools and universities from Friday.

Costa says that the Council of Ministers is preparing to take action today in the face of “alarming spread of the pandemic”

After Portugal has reached the worst day of the pandemic since it started 10 months ago, the Government meets today. The executive source said that the Government will close schools and universities in the country as of Friday, according to the Lusa agency.

President of the Republic agrees to close schools and universities: “It's a good solution”

The Government is preparing to decide today to close schools and universities as of Friday, according to an executive source cited by Lusa. Portugal hit yesterday the worst day in deaths and infections since the pandemic began 10 months ago.

Government decides today to close all schools from Friday

The Government will decide today, in the Council of Ministers, the closure of all educational establishments, from Basic to Higher, with effect from Friday, said the executive source.

PremiumSavings remain “far below” the eurozone average

Deco warns: there is no reinforcement in savings products. The increase in savings to historical highs results from the decrease in consumption.

PremiumCCP asks Siza for support for more than 100 associations

With the payment of membership fees penalized by treasury difficulties, CCP asks the Government for support to business associations.

PremiumPRR more for State than for companies dominates concerns

Majority of the members of the Christian Association of Entrepreneurs and Managers accept deflection only after Easter, but they criticize support made available.