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Minister Says He Will Veto Plan to Approve 40% of Secondary School through Distance Education

03/21/2018 - 10h45

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PAULO SALDAÑA
FROM SÃO PAULO

Minister of Education, Mendonça Filho (DEM), told Folha, on Tuesday (20), he will veto the bill to authorize 40% of classes through distance education in secondary school in the event it is approved by the CNE (National Education Council).

Folha published an article, on Tuesday, stating the CNE is already discussing a new version for the Brazilian Secondary School Curriculum Guidelines, in which such provision is included. Regarding the Education of Young People and Adults, the expected approval is for 100% of distance education activities.

Folha requested more information from the ministry of Education before publishing the article, but the ministry limited itself to stating that the CNE was the body responsible for the discussion and that a conclusion was pending before approval.

Alan Marques-20.dez.2016/Folhapress
President Temer and Mendonça Filho, Minister of Education
President Temer and Mendonça Filho, Minister of Education

After the article's publication, Mendonça said he was not contacted about the matter and pointed out that he does not agree with the approval of 40% of remote activities.

"The Government doesn't want this, this has not been discussed at MEC. I don't agree with it and it shall not be approved", he said. "This is a free debate at the CNE, and I'm unaware of a bill. The minister speaks on behalf of MEC."

The approval of remote activities in secondary school had already been permitted by the secondary school reform, approved by Michel Temer's administration in February 2017. The new Guidelines solely regulate the distribution of hours.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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