Minister of State, Coordinator of Social Affairs and Minister of Education

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The Minister of State and Coordinator of Social Affairs assists the Prime Minister with the supervision of the general policy for the governance of social affairs, being specifically responsible for the work and activities developed by the Ministry of Education, as the Minister, and Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Secretary of State for Woman Support and Socio-economic Promotion, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the National Liberation Fighters and the Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS.

It is primarily up to the Minister of State and Coordinator of Social Affairs to coordinate the preparation and organisation of governmental work for the social field; to follow-up and assess the works and services provided by the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Social Solidarity; Secretary of State for Woman Support and Socio-economic Promotion; Secretary of State for Youth and Sports; Committee on the Rights of the Child; National Liberation Fighters; and the Commission for combating HIV/AIDS; to propose and develop public policies in social areas that account for a better provision of services to the citizens; and to uphold the coordination with relevant entities for social development.

The Minister of State and Coordinator of Social Affairs superintends the Sports National Commission (CND) and the Regulatory Commission for Martial Arts (CRAM).

As the Minister of Education he has competencies to propose and ensure the policy regarding pre-school and school education, comprising basic and secondary education and including special needs education, promoting recurrent education and life-long learning; to take part in the definition and execution of policies regarding qualification and vocational training; to uphold the right to education and assure compulsory education, in order to promote inclusion and equal opportunities; to enforce teaching and learning conditions, adding to the qualification of people and to higher educational attainment and employment; to define the national curricula for the various degrees of education and the assessment regime for students and approve the teaching programs, along with guidelines for its execution; to promote and manage the development and renovation of non-higher education public schools, as well as support any initiatives related with private and co-operative schools; to design policies for higher education, science and technology, including the concerning organization, financing, execution and assessment; to promote equal opportunities of access to higher education; to promote the development, upgrading, quality, competitiveness and international recognition of higher education, scientific and technologic systems; to foster the liaison between higher education, scientific and technologic institutions and between them and the manufacturing system; to raise the permanent assessment and inspection of higher education, scientific and technologic institutions; to foster the assessment of education professionals; and to plan a supervision and analysis system, to assess the results and impacts of education and training policies.

The National University Timor Lorosa’e, the National Institute of Science and Technology, the National Committee of UNESCO, the National Institute for Training of Teachers and Education Professionals (INFORDEPE) and the National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (ANAAA), are under the supervision of the Minister of Education.

The Ministry of Education is the central Government body responsible for the design, execution, coordination and assessment of the policy defined and approved by the Council of Ministers for the areas of education and qualification, as well as science and technology.