How Bolsonaro is wrecking Brazil’s education system

The education system may be the ultimate loser of President Bolsonaro's funding decisions and policy choices

The Bolsonaro government's disregard for education in Brazil
Millions of Brazilian students have been left abandoned for a year. Photo: Rodolfo Santos/Shutterstock

After a lengthy delay, President Jair Bolsonaro finally signed off on this year’s federal budget last week. In order to avoid further cuts to parliamentary grants— which benefit lawmakers and the president himself — the federal administration froze BRL 9.2 billion (USD 1.68 billion) in funding to cabinet ministries and government agencies. Among the cuts, the Education Ministry was by far the most affected department, with a total of BRL 2.7 billion slashed from this year’s education budget.


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