The Court of Auditors wants to know why, under the law, function allowances were paid to the heads of higher education institutions in the last ten years, in the estimated amount of 1.3 million euros. Rectors are outraged at the audit results.
The TdC analyzed the regime of remuneration supplements in higher education, after “Identify non-conformities in the application of the regime” hold managers in higher education institutions.
According to the audit, released today, the non-conformities recorded in some higher education establishments will have totaled about 1.3 million euros between 2009 and 2019, the DN advances.
The highest annual amount of these nonconformities was recorded in 2017, when this amount reached 125 thousand euros, followed by 2013, when it approached 124 thousand euros.
According to what was found by the TdC, universities have greater weight vis-à-vis polytechnics, and in total, annual amounts at universities totaled 1.13 million euros, against 124 thousand euros at polytechnics.
The TdC notes that, in some institutions, situations have already been “the subject of autonomous processes for determining financial liabilities”, in an analysis carried out in 34 institutions, representing about 200 entities. The audit also points out that some institutions “suspended / stopped the processing of remuneration supplements after the start of the audit or upon notification of the Report”.
The rector of the University of Aveiro, Paulo Jorge Ferreira, is outraged by the results. “Thinking that the financial responsible [das instituições de ensino superior] should be penalized due to the inoperability of the Governments, it becomes a flagrant denial of Law ”, not to mention“ the State’s civil liability for omitting the duty to legislate ”, he told Público.
The president of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities, António de Sousa Pereira, accuses the judges of rigidity because they allegedly did not realize that a higher education institution is not only composed of learning units, but also includes research and various other aspects.
“It is not understandable to understand the court, who, striving for a strict application of rules out of step with current terminologies, claims that the concept of educational establishment covers only the teaching units, and is not extendable to the other organic units ”, criticizes the maximum representative of the rectors.
Since 1980, the remuneration supplement regime includes a set of additional remunerations to be attributed to management positions, at a time when higher education has expanded most in the country.
The remuneration could be attributed, for example, to whoever was a member of the educational institution’s installation committee, a monthly bonus for the chairman of the board of directors, supplementary remuneration for the dean and vice dean or a bonus for the director of the laboratory, institute, museum or university observatory.
Thus, the holders of management positions could be assigned a monthly remuneration supplement that consisted of a percentage that varied between 17% and 28% of the basic monthly remuneration, considered in Christmas and vacation allowances and in retirement pensions and cumulative. In the case of a pro-rector or a position of president of establishment or director, the supplementary remuneration was of the order of 28%.
The Court of Auditors considers that this legal regime, unchanged for 30 years, is “Out of date in view of the profound evolution of Higher Education Institutions, so it enhances non-conformities and needs revision ”.
The document presented today also suggests that the “supplement regime is not even in line with some norms of the Legal Regime of Higher Education Institutions, namely regarding concepts, designations and attributions currently committed to some government and management bodies.”
The audit also identified that the remuneration regime for the holders of the governing and management bodies of these institutions and their organic units has not yet been established by decree-law – something that is provided for in the current legal regime.
Thus, the TdC recommends to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education to “Provide for the establishment, by decree-law, of the remuneration regime” or “if it is intended to reserve this fixation for a later time, the revision of the remuneration supplement regime”.
The Ministry of Manuel Heitor justifies that “the issues raised have been the subject of careful analysis in the construction of appropriate legislative solutions” and that “a legal review of the remuneration supplement regime is already underway” in order to be “Overcoming nonconformities” identified in the audit.
Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP //