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Brazilian education: a long way to go

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on December 15, 2010

by Andrew Downie for Financial Times – Beyond Brics, December 15th, 2010.

Amid all the prizes and praise gathered over eight largely successful years, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva leaves office at the end of this month with one major stain on his record.

His government’s performance on education is atrocious. That was confirmed again Wednesday as almost 10,000 students were forced to resit their university entrance exam after the education ministry messed up. Thousands of the multiple choice papers in the November exam mixed up question and answer pages, confusing students. Adjudicators exacerbated the debacle by giving students conflicting or incorrect information. Their job was not made easier by nonsensical rules that prohibited students from using such things as pencils and rubbers.

The scandal was hardly unforeseen. Last year, the test had to be rewritten after questions were leaked ahead of time and earlier this year a computer glitch inside the ministry made the personal data of
millions of students available online. (continue reading… )


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