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Bolsonaro vetoes project that guarantees free internet for students and teachers of public schools



São Paulo – President Jair Bolsonaro has completely vetoed the Bill of Law (PL) 3,477 / 2020, which obliged the federal government to guarantee access to the internet, for educational purposes, to students and teachers of public schools. The total veto was published in this Friday (19) edition of the Official Diary of the Union (DOU) with the approval of the Ministry of Economy and Education.

The proposal had already been approved in February by the Senate and provided for the transfer of R $ 3.5 billion from the Federal Government to states, municipalities and the Federal District to provide internet services. But the president claimed that the project did not provide an estimate of its budgetary and financial impact. Which, according to Bolsonaro, “would increase the high rigidity of the budget” and “make it difficult to comply” with the Fiscal Responsibility Law and the so-called golden rule.

The information, however, was contained in the text originally proposed, authored by the Chamber of Deputies. In the PL it was determined by the parliamentarians that the resources would come from the Fund for the Universalization of Telecommunications Services (Fust). And the budgetary impact would be R $ 26.6 billion. Already “including Internet access to all enrollments and teachers of public basic education, in addition to the purchase of equipment for proper access”, the proposal indicated.

No access, with inequality

With the veto, students whose families are registered in the Single Registry for Social Programs (CadÚnico) of the federal government are no longer benefited. As well as students enrolled in schools in indigenous and quilombola communities and teachers of public basic education. The bill also provided for the funds transferred to be used to contract mobile internet. To also allow students and teachers to accompany non-classroom teaching activities.

The prerogative was decisive in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, at a time when the suspension of face-to-face classes is defended by specialists to curb the spread of the disease in the country. In addition, the 2018 ICT Household Survey already showed that, across the country, 42% of households did not have computers. The researchers also warned that connectivity was very poor. “Many families do not even have a television at home, imagine having a good internet”, they observed in a report by RBA published last year.

Without prospects for internet access, it is likely that the inequalities and exclusion of a large part of the students will be amplified. Professor Catarina de Almeida Santos, coordinator of the Committee in the Federal District of the National Campaign for the Right to Education, criticized Bolsonaro’s veto against the PL through social media. According to her, the president “wants the resumption of face-to-face classes to increase the number of cases and deaths. Genocide is simple ”, tweeted Catarina.

Genocide is simple

Opposition lawmakers also responded to Bolsonaro’s veto. Federal deputy Perpétua Almeida (PCdoB-AC) pointed out that 18 million students and 1.5 million teachers will remain without internet access. “Goodbye online classes in the pandemic”, he lamented. Federal deputy Alessandro Molon (PSB-RJ) described Bolsonaro as an “enemy of public education”, a phrase used by Congresswoman Natália Bonavides (PT-RN), who added: “with social isolation, many students are unable to keep up with classes online for lack of internet at home ”.

Deputy José Guimarães (PT-CE) warned that “education is eroded by the pandemic and receives the president’s contempt”. “The genocide is unable to guarantee the right to education provided for in the Constitution,” he added. Even lawmakers who supported Bolsonaro’s election in 2018 contested the veto. At Twitter, Mrs Professor Dayane Pimentel (PSL-BA) joked saying that “when (Bolsonaro) is not interfering in Health, is disturbing in Education”.

Netizens also drew attention to what they perceive to be a “contradiction” of the president, since, on Wednesday (17), at his request, the National Congress overturned the veto to allow the forgiveness of R $ 1.4 billion in debts of churches.

Second veto

In justifying the veto, the president relativized the educational crisis, arguing that the federal government “is making efforts to improve and expand specific programs” for “contracting broadband internet access services in public schools”. He also claimed that the Ministry of Education draws up the Brazil Apprenticeship program to address the issue.

The article, however, does not seem to be to Bolsonaro’s liking. Newspaper report The globe, from the end of last year, shows that he had already vetoed another project whose central theme was internet access in schools. With the same justification for the supposed lack of forecast of the budgetary impact, Bolsonaro rejected the excerpt of a law that required the Internet to be mandatory across the public network by 2024.

Copywriting: Clara Assunção. Edition: Glauco Faria

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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