Brazil’s Ministry of Education Cuts R$348 Million From Basic Education

The government's decision once again counters president Jair Bolsonaro, who said in an interview in May that he did not intend to "cut resources for the sake of cutting. The goal is to take it and invest in basic education".

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The MEC (Ministry of Education) has decided that the most recent budget block, announced in late July, will affect basic education. In all, the portfolio blocked R$348,471,498 (US$87.650 million) in the "production, acquisition and distribution of books and teaching and educational materials for basic education."

The information, published yesterday in the Integrated System of Financial Administration (SIAFI), was collected and passed on to UOL news site by the NGO Contas . . .

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