Study in Portugal
Do you want to study in Portugal? You can try to get admission in one of the oldest universities in Europe. With the growing economic situation of Portugal, it is becoming a highly pursued destination for aspiring candidates. The higher education of Portugal is world famous. So those of you who are looking for master's courses in various science and arts disciplines can think of studying in Portugal.
Just like many other countries in Europe, the compulsory education in Portugal consists of two stages, the primary and the secondary. The primary education continues for nine years. Here lies the main difference with the primary education of India. In India, the primary education continues for5 years. The main focus is on giving a child the basic knowledge in primary languages and Mathematics. In Portugal, the focus is to create a future generation with proper knowledge in Portuguese language and Mathematics. Along with this stress is also given upon vocational languages like Music, Art and Dance. The time given to develop a passion for any of these subjects is much more than that in India. By the time a student reaches the secondary level, he has already a picture in his mind, regarding his future. So the academic base of a student is created by giving a lot of time to develop his passion towards a subject. The secondary education consists of three years. In fact, in India a class 10 board examination is considered to be under the secondary education level of a state and a class 12 board examination is considered to be under the higher secondary education level of a state. In the country of Portugal both class 10 and 12 fall under the secondary level of education. In this level the students are segregated according to their choice of future genre of career. Since this is not a graduation course, the choice will be a little general in nature. So, you have technical secondary courses or artistic secondary courses and others. You have to choose any one. The one you choose will roughly define the ultimate goal of your career. The education is free up to this level in the public schools.
Portugal is one of the pioneer countries which have introduced information and communication technology or ICT in the field of schooling. The implementation of this information and communication technology mainly looks after three things,
- Letting the school authorities continue with their autonomy. The school authorities have to depend on other government authorities for very limited areas. They don't have to wait for a decision of higher governing bodies or trustees for every single matter of administration. In some schools, the design of curriculum is also done using ICT. So this gives the schools a high degree of autonomy.
- Secondly, the assessment of the work done by the students is a matter of concern for the teachers. In fact, doing the correct assessment every time for every student may become a headache for the teachers. The government of Portugal allows the use of ICT in results and occasional assessment of students. The methods proposed under ICT helps the teachers assess their students correctly and thus predict a remedial measure for the students if required.
- Last but not the least, the teaching and learning procedure is greatly enhance by this ICT procedures. The students can learn the same subject in a different manner and with a different perception. This also helps the students in completing their homework in a better way. The students become more attached to their schools and the textbooks. Few other countries are also implementing ICT at the very basic level of the education process, like Portugal.