The Minister of Education, Milton Ribeiro, said this Friday (9) that, during the pandemic, the Ministry of Education (MEC) had no lack of resources and that the Ministry provided money for both equipment to prevent the new coronavirus, such as equipment for personal protection (PPE) and alcohol gel, when training teachers to prepare virtual classes.
“Just to take care of objects and elements to take care of the pandemic, such as masks, PPE and alcohol gel, the MEC transferred R$ 1.7 billion, in addition to the money that the federal government contributed to the states and municipalities. The MEC, which has the third largest budget on the Esplanade, provided several, various resources and, alongside that, we had training [gratuita] which was made so that teachers could train themselves [para] prepare a class using the computer”, said Ribeiro.
The minister was interviewed on the program Sem Censura, on TV Brasil, and also spoke about topics such as returning to classes, technical education, dialogue with deans of federal higher education institutions, university autonomy and textbooks.
Ribeiro recalled that he took over the portfolio in the middle of a pandemic and said that his greatest challenge was his relationship with students, both in basic and higher education, and his return to classes. “I, as an educator, know how much it is missing, how much missing classes, closed schools. That was my big challenge”.
The minister also announced that, within a period of a year to a year and a half, a financial education subject should begin to be offered to basic education students. “We have just entered into an agreement with the CVM [Comissão de Valores Mobiliários]. At first, at MEC it’s all [para] in the medium and long term, we are going to train 500,000 teachers so that they can enter, after a year, a year and a half, with this subject, let’s use that word, in teaching children”, he said.
See the full interview here.
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