Brazilian Student Union Campaigns Against Education Minister

To fulfill the minister’s request, UBES created a campaign which calls for students to videotape their schools: with leaky ceilings, broken furniture, no teachers and unkempt grounds.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Education Minister of Brazil, Ricardo Velez Rodriguez, received a wave of criticism after sending an e-mail to schools across the country Monday night asking educators to videotape students singing the country’s national anthem and reciting President Bolsonaro’s campaign slogan “Brazil Above Everyone, God Above All”.

"Is it even that the priority of the Ministry of Education (MEC) of our country should be to record students singing the national anthem?", asked UBES (Brazilian Union of High School Students) President, Pedro Gorki, in a video on social media.

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