Number of the week

The uncertain future of the Brazilian University Entrance Exam

Previously exempt students are now required to pay registration fees, resulting in a drop in applicants and the whitest and most elite cohort in over a decade

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Education Minister Milton Ribeiro: “University should for the few.” Photo: Marcello Casal Jr./ABr

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show why the future of this year’s National University Entrance Exam is still so uncertain. 

3.1 million
National University Entrance Exam applicants

Last year, Brazil’s National University Entrance Exam (Enem) was the object of controversy due to President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to maintain the holding of the test in person, despite the closure of schools and universities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the problem is a different one: with...

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