Minimum Mandatory Schooling in Brazil Rises to 9 Years

Brazilian President Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva will sign into law a bill raising the number of years children must go to school to nine years.

The practical effect of this is that a high school graduate who presently goes to school for eleven years in Brazil, will have gone to school for twelve years.

In order to make the new law work, state and local education officials will have five years to implement it so that in 2010 all Brazilian children will begin school at the age of six.

At the moment, 12 states and 1,000 municipalities, where an estimated 8.1 million children study, are already putting children in school at the age of six.

Lula will also sign into law a scholarship program for elementary and high school teachers who work in public schools.

Despite the progress that has occurred in education in recent years, illiteracy persisted among 10.5% of the Brazilian population aged 10 or more in 2004. This index was 10.6% in 2003.

Among those aged 15 and over, 11.4% were unable to read and write. These data are contained in the National Household Sample Survey 2004 (PNAD-2004), released at the end of last year by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

The survey also showed that 2.9% of children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 14 did not attend school last year. In regional terms, the lowest indices of children who did not attend school were in the Southeast (1.9%) and the South (2.2%). The highest indices were in the North (5.1%) and the Northeast (3.9%). In the Center-West, the index stood at 2.8%.

The majority of students aged 5 and over were enrolled in public schools last year (80.9%). At university level, public institutions accounted for only 26.1% of the student population. That is, three out of every four university students attended private institutions.

At the high school level, public schools concentrated 85% of the student population, and in fundamental education, 89%. At the pre-school level the public school system handled 75.7% of the total number of children enrolled in 2004.

Among the population aged 10 or more, the percentage with at least 11 years of schooling (equivalent to having completed high school or more) was 26%. For the IBGE, this finding reflects the higher level of schooling among women, since the percentage of females with at least 11 years of schooling was 27.7%, 3.6% higher than the corresponding figure for males.

Among working women, 40% had at least completed high school, an index 10.8% higher than the corresponding figure for working men.



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  • cara

    I do not believe one word said in this article. It is made to make the people believe that are getting better, but actually they are getting much worse then before. :2.9% of children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 14 did not attend school last year:-???? This should be: did attend school!!!!
    “85% of the student population” how big population? 10 students or a 100 out of over 10 million population!!!!????
    I just cannot believe my eyes reading this article! πŸ™

  • Guest

    This talk of mandatory schooling rising to age 9 is one thing but what about kindergarden?

    This would be a good way of introducing children… pre-school and may help to prepare them for integration.

    Lula as you say… being just an Icon will evaporate… if none of these proposals come to light!!!

    If Lula is cheating the citizens…. everything is just for a TIME.

  • Guest

    As usual. The Ex-President Fernando Henrique seems to think a little bit more before doing thinks… now Lula .. hmph
    Lula is just an Icon. An Icon that will soon loose it’s light and show it’s real face.

  • Guest

    Boo Boo !!!!
    Why the mandatory schooling rises to 9 years, knowing that you have millions and millions of children and youths that did not go to school very long or nor at all ?????

    This simply shows that your actual and previous governments enjoy(ed) breaking the laws they voted for but did not implement.

    Implementing a law is fine, but only as long as the government provide enough resources to that effect : schools everywhere, teachers and budgets !

    If they dont provide the environment, and they say the minimum schooling is 5 or 50 years…..what is the difference ??????

    They are simply cheating their citizens….again…again and again !

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