Brazil Students Occupy High Schools, Need Education Reform

Posted on 10 june 2016 by Admin   •   Filed underMedical EducationComments 7

In the states where the movement is focused, students desire officials to open a parliamentary commission of questions to examine supposed misappropriation and embezzlement of money that had been earmarked for the education sector, such as the funding of classrooms and school lunch programs.

The federal government has not determined the variety of schools inhabited. But the movement, which started last year in Sao Paulo, has actually now infected Rio de Janeiro, Ceara, Para, Mato Grosso and Rio Grande do Sul.

In occupied high schools, students turn among themselves tasks varying from cleaning to scheduling all-day activities that involve music and art.

Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the Summer Olympic Games, instructors have actually been on strike for more than three months.

Rio de Janeiro is broke. Rio is in a circumstance of despair, stated Lucia Adedoyin, a moms and dad and Rio de Janeiro citizen.

Class conditions degraded to such an extent, she stated, that students chose to occupy their high schools. No classes will be held till the state government listens to students' aggravations and needs.

Teachers are not making money and these Olympic Games brought the state of Rio de Janeiro into the abyss, she said.

By January, the price tag for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro had risen by 400 million reais ($ 99 million) from August, primarily because of the increasing costs of providing short-lived power and seating at locations. The projected total expense for the Games, consisting of large facilities projects consisting of an extended subway system and reconstructed port location, was predicted at 39.1 billion reais ($ 11.5 billion).

In a statement to VOA, a Rio education official stated the department is committed to have a discussion with students, teachers and organizations.

Recently, a Brazilian judge bought classes to resume right away in Rio. According to Judge Gloria Eloiza Lima da Silva, the student motion cannot bar other students and instructors from accessing school premises. The demonstrations are not forbidden as long as individuals respect court orders, she stated.

O Globo reported that a parent criticized the judge’s choice, stating the order would not matter because instructors are still on strike. We, as parents, want classes to resume, Ana Lucia Victer informed O Globo, the issue is that just a few instructors are not sticking to the strike.

Other regions.

In Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the southern part of Brazil, more than 170 schools are inhabited, and some have been closed for more than a month, students state.

Rio Grande do Sul government authorities sent a letter to students in occupied schools offering them 48 hours to abandon school properties. The student association then submitted a movement in the states district court stating there is no such thing as repossessing something that belongs to taxpayers, stated Fabiola Loguercio, director of interaction at the High School Union Association (UBES) on Wednesday. Educators in Rio Grande do Sul also are on strike.

This is the very first conversation were having with authorities the federal government has provided standards and stated they would assist and accept our demands, however they do not give a due date, Loguercio said.

In Mato Grosso, a state in the western part of the nation, students were arranged to set a program to discuss their needs with officials as long as federal government authorities withdraw public notice to talk about plans to privatize public schools.

" We have more than 2,000 students associated with the Occupy Movement, said Juarez Fran a, student and president of AME - the student-led company behind the school occupations in Mato Grosso.

In the northern region, Rafael Galvao, student and director of UBES-PA - another student-led association, stated the motion has just begun in the state of Para. Complete education reform, students desire pest management to manage pigeon invasions in schools and a school lunch program to benefit all students.

Galvao said members of UBES-PA have actually met authorities from the state’s Department of Education. He said a document was signed in which officials dedicated to meet student’s needs.

So we are waiting. If they don t do exactly what was promised, we will inhabit again, Galvao stated.

Over the weekend, Galvao visited Marapanim, a rural town in Para, and stated he was touched when he went to an occupied school that serves at least 1,200 students.

It’s sad. It appears like a jail ... Without any structure, no food, no transportation. I held tears back when I heard the students account, Galvao said.

Brazil's Ministry of Education spokesperson informed VOA that because high schools are under the territory of state governments, ministry authorities choose to "not comment at this minute.".