Brazilian Minister of Education Resigns after Fabricating CV

Carlos Decotelli leaves office five days after being appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro


Education Minister Carlos Decotelli announced his resignation on Tuesday (30), five days after being appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro.

The now ex-minister confirmed his departure to Folha. With the resignation, the government could end the crisis created by the falsehoods in Decotelli's curriculum. Decotelli was the third Minister of Education in the Bolsonaro administration.

Decotelli said he had earned a doctorate from the National University of Rosario in Argentina. But the institution's dean, Franco Bartolacci, denied it. There are also signs of plagiarism in his master's dissertation.

(Brasília - DF, 25/06/2020) President Jair Bolsonaro with Carlos Alberto Decotelli.

In a statement on Monday night (29), after meeting Bolsonaro, he denied plagiarism and said he was still a minister. His appointment was published on Thursday (25) in the Official Gazette, but the inauguration never happened.

In his CV, Decotelli wrote that he had completed

postdoctoral research at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. The institution said he had no degree from the institution.

To head the MEC, the most highly rated, for now, is Anderson Correia, current rector of Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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