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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - About to be dismissed, the Minister of Education, Abraham Weintraub, on Thursday, June 18th, revoked a ministry ordinance that established quotas reserved for blacks, indigenous and disabled individuals in graduate degree programs of federal higher education institutions.

The ordinance, issued during ex-President Dilma Rousseff administration, had been in force since May 2016. The text provided for federal universities to establish systems for reserving places for these groups in masters and doctorate programs.

Ministry of Education and Culture's (MEC) sources point out that, behind the scenes, the measure's repeal was viewed as a mission . . .

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