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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – More than eight million candidates signed up for Brazil’s National Secondary Education Examination (Enem) over the weekend but records show that only 5.8 million actually took the tests. This year’s thirty percent abstention rate was the highest since 2009, according to the National Institute of Educational Studies Teixeira (INEP), which administered the test throughout the country.

Despite the high abstention rate and the turbulence with school occupations by protesters . . .

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