RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Social movements in Brazil have complained of an increased number of school closures in rural areas in 2019. One of the main reasons for this seems to be the austerity policy of Jair Bolsonaro's government in the education sector.

Exactly 145,233 fewer students were enrolled in rural schools in Brazil in 2019 than in 2018. The reason for this is the high number of school closures in rural areas.

"We need to bring the debate about this into society so that school closures in rural areas stop," said Marisa de Fátima da Luz . . .

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