Portugal to charge 120 euros per student taking classes in Portuguese abroad

Monday, April 02, 2012

From here in Portuguese:

Portuguese immigrants in Europe will pay 120 euros annually to the state for each child of theirs that attends classes in Portuguese in their host countries. These classes, which were free until now, are provided by the official network of teaching Portuguese abroad, with teachers hired and paid by the Portuguese state. The Portuguese constitution requires the state to ensure the teaching of Portuguese to the children of immigrants.

The annual fee of 120 euros will be charges to students that take Portuguese classes outside of regular school hours, in so-called parallel teaching. In 2010 more than half of the 50,000 students took the Portuguese classes in this way. Those who take the classes during regular school hours (inclusive education) are exempted from the fee.

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