Wed. Dec 11th, 2019

Bolsonaro budget block prevents progress in strategic university



The blockade of the budget for higher education decreed by the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, prevents advances in research at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Ufpe), considered the most important in the northeast region of the country.

According to a statement from the university, whose headquarters are in Recife, the regional capital, in addition to the "serious difficulties in honoring its" operating contracts, the budget blockade "hurts graduation and postgraduate education, research and courses of extension".

"If that situation is not reversed, the Ufpe will have its strongly compromised teaching performance, which will harm the quality and execution of its activities" and will end up "compromising its institutional mission," the note sent to Efe on Wednesday added.

Half of the 30% of the blockade announced by the Government was recently released, but despite the Ufpe having 24 million reais (about six million dollars) more available, that did not prevent cancellation due to lack of resources of activities such as a fair international technology planned for this semester.

In the most recent university ranking of the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper (RUF), used as a market reference to classify public and private higher education institutions and published annually in October, the Ufpe moved from the eighth place that had 2018 to seventh in this year.

The position also leaves the Ufpe, a national reference in science and technology, as the most important and strategic in the northeast region, which has nine states and more than 56 million inhabitants.

The situation of the Ufpe extends to all federal universities in the country, which had a 30% budget lock and had to reduce the use of public services and security among others.

This blockade prevented many universities from operating their laboratories at night or with air conditioning, as is necessary in the northeast region, where high temperatures predominate almost throughout the year.

The Government of Bolsonaro, in addition to the blockage in funds destined for public universities, has proposed the change of an educational system in which it sees, in its opinion, an embryo of leftist ideology and exalted military education as a proposal.

The situation has led to the mobilization of students, mainly university students, with massive marches such as May, in the first mass mobilization against Bolsonaro, and the most recent one, on August 13, which extended to at least 77 cities of 26 of the 27 states of Brazil.

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