Brazil’s technical schools a silver lining in struggling education system

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At first glance, the quality of Brazil’s educational system may seem abysmal. The latest edition of the Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) places Brazil in the bottom ten of its ranking of 70 countries in science, math, and reading.

Moreover, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reports that over half of Brazilian citizens over 25 years old do not have high school diplomas—among which 33 percent haven’t even finished elementary school.

While the overall performance is very poor, there is a...

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