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After Decades of Neglect Brazil Starts Studies for 150 New Technical Schools

Technical school in Brazil More than 150 technical schools will start being implemented in Brazil, starting January 2008. Also forecasted for the coming months is the inauguration of 25 other schools, already under construction. The data were supplied by the Ministry of Education.

In almost a century, from 1909 to 2002, a mere 140 technical schools were built in Brazil. In the last five years, however, 39 new units were established. The schools to be inaugurated in 2008 will offer, at first, five intermediate-level technical courses. Each will have capacity for 1,200 students.

The aim of the government is to have 354 new technical schools and 500,000 slots by 2010. "The difficulty faced by companies in hiring trained and skilled workforce is a challenge that is being addressed by the federal government with heavy investment in technical education," says Eliezer Pacheco, secretary for professional and technological education at the Ministry of Education.

The new schools cover all the country's regions. They offer courses of qualification, technical education, higher education and postgraduation. The areas vary according to the regional reality.

The schools will count on 12,664 teachers. From these, 4,379 have a master (34.5%); 1,130, a doctorate (8.9%); 4,748, specialization (37.4%); 2.209, graduation (17.4%); 177, advanced courses and 21, post doctorate.

The Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras launched at the end of November, the Development and Citizenship program, which should finance, until 2012, projects turned to reduction of poverty, support to youths and children, and promotion of professional training.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that, by means of the initiative, the company shares some of its profit with society. "The company is sharing some of the money it earns. This means that there is going to be more bread on the tables of poor people in this country," he said in a press conference.

According to Petrobras, 1.2 billion Brazilian reais (US$ 671 million) will be invested in the program, which aims to cater to approximately four million people directly, and other 14 million indirectly.

The president at the company, José Sérgio Gabrielli, claimed that the state-owned company wants to include into the economy the part of society that is left out of the country's development.
Some of the company's goals are for 50% of the selected proposals to prioritize youths from 15 to 29 years of age, for 20% of the participants in the professional training projects to enter the labor market, for 60% of the children and adolescents to improve their performance at school, and for the income of those contemplated to increase by more than twofold.


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    There is one commentator here that implies that USP is the only one listed as one of the 500 top universities in the world and others come nowhere near it.

  • João da Silva

    It is amazing how the media project Brazil in lacking in everything including “Technical Education” and how the current government finally “recognized” it and is going to correct the situation. There is one commentator here that implies that USP is the only one listed as one of the 500 top universities in the world and others come nowhere near it.

    It is pathetic to read such articles and the accompanying comments that give the impression that Brazilian Technicians do not know how to use a soldering iron, operate a lathe or fix a TV. Some years ago, I used to hear the comments that our Military government gave incentives for “Technical Schools” to churn out technicians to work in the industries and totally neglected other disciplines such as law, philosophy, political sciences, etc; For the past 2 decades we have been churning out more of such graduates and now we want to promote “Technical Education” again.

    I hope, in a couple of months time, the government does not come out with studies to build “Film Schools” to teach the students how to produce high resolution “Novelas” to be transmitted digitally.

  • jakob

    Quality, not quantity
    It’s good that Lula recognized the importance of technical education… However the first question that came to my mind was: WHO WILL TEACH AT THESE TECHNICAL SCHOOLS?

    I ask this because the quality of teaching in Brazilian schools is dismal, and no Brazilian university (except USP) is even on the list of 500 best in the world, which is tragic for a country the size of Brazil… One can only imagine, therefore, what will be the quality of education at these “technical schools”.

  • Sergio T

    It is always education
    Yes, without a doubt, the problem of Brazil is education and mainly the quality of education we have. You cannot build a modern, 21st century nation, when most of the population is unfit to work due to lack of proper training. And yes, there are many criminals who are highly educated but that fact does not diminish the importance or need for more and better education in our country. Things are not always black and white; there are many shades of gray.

  • Elson Silva, Phd

    Lack o honesty and FrutificaÀƒ§Àƒ£o Publica for education
    The problem in Brazil is not education but honesty. People deciding Brazilian future are highly educated but the income distribution is very uneven among social classes.

    The most criminals in Brazil just use a pen and not a gun.

    Have a look at FrutificaÀƒ§Àƒ£o PÀƒºblica:


  • ch.c.

    “Brazil Starts Studies for 150 New Technical Schools ”
    These technical schools will be built DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS…..eventually !

    Still…..this will represents LESS than 1 new technical school per ONE million population !

    And “US$ 671 million will be invested in the program, which aims to cater to approximately four million people directly, and other 14 million indirectly.” is the budget that will be spent over several years…..not annually.

    but EVEN if it would have been annually…the annual budget per student….. is US$ 160.- or so !
    Now you can divide this “astronomical” per student budget by the number of years these US$ 671 millions will be effectively spent and you will have the “astronomically LOW annual ” per student spending”

    Lets face the reality : the per student budget is LOWER than US$ 5.- per month…..MAXIMUM !!!!!!

    😀 😉 😀 😉

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