Proposed Changes to Secondary Education Signed by Brazilian President

On September 22nd the Brazilian president, Michel Temer, signed a provisional decree with proposals for changes in the ensino médio (secondary education), envisioning their implementation in early 2017.

The proposed changes can be summarized as follows:

  •  Increase of yearly academic hours from 800 to 1400.
  •  Restructuring of curriculum: Portuguese, Mathematics and English as mandatory subjects while Physical Education and Art Education no longer mandatory.

The announcement of the proposed changes resulted in a great deal of controversy. Specifically, the idea of dropping physical education as a mandatory subject. Politicians, educators, parents, and students called for further discussion on the issue.

Secondary education reform in Brazil has been under discussion since 2010.



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