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New minister defends complete privatization and sees MEC as a business counter

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São Paulo – Entrepreneur in the computer industry who supplies many public schools in the country and former Secretary of Education of the government of Ratinho Júnior (PSD), in Paraná, the new Minister of Education chosen by Jair Bolsonaro, Renato Feder, has a strictly entrepreneurial look at public education.

In the book Carrying the Elephant – How to Make Brazil the Richest Country in the World, the authors, Feder and Alexandre Ostrowiecki – his partner in the book and in business – intend to teach the path of stones for the enrichment of the country. And in the lessons you intend to give, education must be reduced to merchandise.

For the new minister, the Ministry of Education should be an organ that is only concerned with commanding the national education program. vouchers and the testing and ranking systems of schools and universities.

‘MEC must be a window’

In other words, instead of elaborating and executing the national education policy, articulating the entire Brazilian educational system, from children to professional and technological, the ministry that will now command should only become a window. At this counter, tickets would be purchased and distributed for parents to pay for their children’s school.

In addition, Feder questions the role of the state to manage schools. Public control, for him, must be replaced by companies that will pay teachers, take care of maintenance and even choose teaching materials. This assumes that the curricula and the pedagogical project must also be controlled by entrepreneurs.

Complete privatization

Therefore, he advocates the complete privatization of higher education, technical, elementary and pre-school education. This, of course, after going through a monthly billing phase.

In Bolsonaro’s chosen recipe, health must also be fully privatized. In this case, the population that today depends exclusively on SUS, would no longer have health posts and hospitals to resort to. “Each person must choose a health plan and use it to satisfy their health needs”, he defends.

Contempt for teachers

The new Minister of Education does not miss the opportunity to trample on Brazilian teachers, which he calls “semi-literate”.

The disqualification does not stop there. For Feder, the Brazilian teaching profession is formed by people who are not committed to teaching, who chose the profession because they did not have the capacity to “be something better in life”. Thus, it gives clear signs of not knowing the public network. Otherwise, I would know that in many schools there are teachers who, even with masters and doctorates, have chosen to remain in the classroom.

Lesson without morals

The businessman, so concerned with rankings and results, was reported to the Public Ministry of Paraná last November. He and his then chief, Governor Ratinho Junior, were summoned to answer about the attempted fraud in the educational system by making up results of the Basic Education Development Index (Ideb). The complaint was made by teachers.

According to the Paraná press, in practice, the secretary ordered students with low income and low frequency to be excluded from the system, and kept only those with the best income and attendance. This would increase the approval rate and, consequently, the Ideb, ensuring compliance with the targets.

Owner of Multilaser Industrial S.A, a company in the computer and technology sector, Feder supplies his products to several educational networks in the country, including directly linked to the MEC, as is the case of the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina – which can be a conflict of interest.

In addition, your company is responsible for crimes against the tax order in the state of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Edition: Fábio M. Michel

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Oil workers strike in six states against abuses and privatizations

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São Paulo – Oil tankers from Amazonas, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and São Paulo started a strike this Friday (5). In addition, oil tankers from Bahia have also resumed the strike, after the failure of negotiations with Petrobras management. Another seven unions in the category are holding assemblies in the coming days to decide whether they will also join the strike.

In addition to the sliced ​​privatization of Petrobras subsidiaries, workers complain about worsening working conditions. They claim that bullying has become a “management tool”, used by the company’s management to pressure workers.

In addition to a policy to combat moral harassment, oil tankers also want an end to shift folds and extended working hours with the strike that broke out. They also demand the implementation of the collective bargaining agreement specifically for workers who work 12 hours a day.

According to the Single Federation of Oil Workers (FUP-CUT), workers are exhausted, “physically and psychologically”. The organization says there is no dialogue with the unions. On the other hand, the managements of Petrobras units subject the category to exhaustive hours and multifunctions, whether in face-to-face or remote work. In addition, the FUP also denounces compulsory transfers of workers and non-compliance with the Collective Agreement.

According to the federation, the current strike by oil tankers is “in defense of life, jobs and rights”. “We cannot admit that thousands of workers have their lives turned upside down, without the Petrobras management even accepting to negotiate alternatives proposed by the category. All this in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, which is advancing on oil tankers, with hundreds of workers contaminated weekly due to the incompetence and negligence of the Castello Branco management, ”said the FUP, in a note.

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In Bahia, in addition to labor issues, oil tankers are also protesting the privatization of the Landulpho Alves Refinery (Rlam). They had gone on strike on 17 February. But the strike was suspended the next day, when Petrobras announced its intention to negotiate.

Last month, Rlam was sold to Mubadala Capital, Abhu Dhabi’s investment fund, for $ 1.65 billion. But, according to the Institute for Strategic Studies of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (Ineep), the refinery was sold for less than 50% of its value. According to calculations by the institute, Rlam’s market value would be between US $ 3 and US $ 4 billion.

Mobilization

In São Paulo, oil tankers from the Mauá (Recap) and Paulínia (Replan) refineries crossed their arms this morning. They protest the dismantling of Petrobras and the impacts of privatization on workers. In Espírito Santo, onshore oil tankers, in São Mateus, joined the strike. At the Manaus Refinery (Reman), with reduced headcount, workers complain that they are exposed to the daily risks of accidents and contamination by covid-19. In Bahia, the union denounces the presence of a strong police apparatus on the outskirts of Rlam.

“Fair price” fuels

This Thursday (4), the oil tankers participated in the demonstrations called by the centrals in favor of employment, vaccination for all and emergency aid of RS 600. In partnership with CUT and social movements, Petrobras workers sold “fair price” fuels in nine states. Taxi drivers, drivers and application deliverers were able to purchase gasoline for R $ 3.50 a liter. In Salvador, truck drivers were also able to refuel by paying R $ 3.09 per liter of diesel.

Fuel discounts served to protest the International Price Parity (PPI) policy, which has been adopted by Petrobras since 2016. In other words, linked to the value of a barrel of oil in the market, coupled with the devaluation of the real in the last period, the fuel prices have exploded. As a result of this policy, gasoline registered an accumulated increase of 41.5%, only in 2021. In diesel, the increase reaches 34.1%.

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