Decotelli Says He Is Still Brazil's Minister of Education, and Bolsonaro Calls Errors in His Curriculum 'Inadequacies'

Minister accused of plagiarism and had doctorate contested by university


After meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro, Carlos Alberto Decotelli, the Minister of Education, denied that he had committed plagiarism in his master's dissertation and said that he remains in charge of the position. Next, Bolsonaro wrote on social media that "due to curricular inadequacies, the teacher has been facing all forms of delegitimization for the ministry."

Despite statements that indicate support for the minister, the president on Monday (29) asked deputies and advisers for names to replace him.

Decotelli listed a doctorate in his curriculum from the National University of Rosario in Argentina, but the institution's rector, Franco Bartolacci, denied that he had obtained the title.

(Brasília - DF, 25/06/2020) President Jair Bolsonaro and Carlos Alberto Decotelli. Foto: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Also, in Germany, the University of Wuppertal reported that the new minister has no title from the institution, contrary to what was on his curriculum, which mentioned a postdoctoral course.

In an interview in front of the Ministry of Education, the minister did not say when the inauguration ceremony will be rescheduled, which was suspended on Monday (29). He stated that this is a matter of protocol from the Presidency of the Republic.

Irritated by the revelations, the president began to evaluate replacing Decotelli. During the morning, after the suspension of the inauguration ceremony, the military wing, which supported the choice, was still trying to reverse the new minister's resignation.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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