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Bolsonaro appoints the least voted candidate as president of UFPB

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São Paulo – In yet another act that hurts university autonomy, President Jair Bolsonaro decided to appoint the least voted candidate in the triple list as rector of the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). Valdiney Veloso, the chosen one, had less than 10% of the votes among students, teachers and employees.

In addition, in the preliminary stage of the selection process for the UFPB rector, Veloso did not receive any vote in the University Council (Consuni). The name entered the final vote on the list only through an injunction.

Bolsonaro’s decision was published on Thursday (5) in the Federal Official Gazette. Veloso, who will have Liana Filgueira Albuquerque as vice-chancellor, is expected to take over next Wednesday (11), and will command the UFPB until 2024. But the academic community promises to resist.

The constitution provides that the president can choose from the top three. However, the option for the ticket with less support is seen as a kind of intervention in university autonomy and disrespect for the academic community. Bolsonaro had already adopted the same arbitrary stance in choosing another 14 rectors.

The results

The first place in the list went to the list composed by teachers Terezinha Domiciano Dantas Martins and Mônica Nóbrega. They had 964,518 votes, in the weighted total. The second place went to professors Isac Medeiros and Regina Celina, with 920,013 votes. While Valdiney and Liana received only 106,496 votes, less than 10% of the total.

In Consuni, the first two plates obtained 47 and 42 votes, respectively. While those chosen by Bolsonaro did not register any support.

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According to the president of the UFPB Teachers Union (Adufpb), Fernando Cunha, this is a demonstration that Bolsonaro is an “enemy of education”. “This is yet another attack on the university, democracy and university autonomy, clearly demonstrating that this government has no responsibility for public affairs, with the legitimacy of democratic processes,” said reporter Cida Alves, from Brasil de Fato.

He stated that Adufpb will convene a plenary session of the three university segments to be able to evaluate the process. Even before the appointment, the entity had launched the campaign Rector-elect is Rector sworn in, preaching respect for the academic community’s decision.

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Private school owners drop out of process back to school

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São Paulo – Sieeesp, a union that represents private schools in the state of São Paulo, withdrew from a lawsuit filed against the capital’s city hall. In action, he asked for back to school for all stages of basic education – infant and fundamental. In a demonstration on the last day (1), the eve of the Black Consciousness holiday, Judge Renata Barros Souto Maior Baiao acknowledged the withdrawal of the process by Sieeesp. And he officiated the Public Ministry. In an order of November 12, prosecutor João Paulo Faustinoni e Silva, from the Special Education Action Group of the São Paulo Public Prosecutor’s Office, spoke out against the granting of an injunction and recommended that the process be forwarded to the City Hall.

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The private teachers ‘union (Sinpro-SP) also contested Sieeesp’s action, calling for the dismissal of school owners’ action to return to face-to-face classes. The day after the MP’s demonstration, Sieeesp decided to abandon the action.

Municipal decree 59,860, signed on October 23 by the city of São Paulo, even allowed the resumption of classroom activities in high school. But it did not include permission for activities in early childhood education (up to 5 years old) or in elementary school (6 to 14 years old). Sieeesp argued, in its action, that the decision “would not have scientific support and would violate the principle of isonomy”.

Rushed back to school

Fepesp – the state federation of teachers of private schools – even condemned the decision of Mayor Bruno Covas’ management to release back to school in high school. And also the action of Sieeesp. “We consider the return to face-to-face activities to be hasty, as it exposes teachers, employees and everyone involved in the school ecosystem to the risk of contagion due to the agglomeration caused in classrooms or on public transport”, says Fepesp, in a note.

“The risk is still present and it was for no other reason that we insisted – and won in court – on special protection not only for education professionals in groups at risk. But also to all teachers who live with elderly people, with comorbidities, who are recovering from childbirth. And, thus, included in risk groups. ”

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