Former Temer minister supports division of MEC under Lula – 12/14/2022 – Mônica Bergamo

Former Minister of Education and former Secretary of Education of São Paulo Rossieli Soares says he supports the division of the Ministry of Education (MEC) studied by the elected government🇧🇷 He and members of the transition cabinet from Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) they have already reached the point of talking about the proposal.

As the column showed this Wednesday (14), the president-elect has already revealed to interlocutors that he is studying dividing the portfolio into two parts and, with that, this will facilitate the accommodation of the various political forces in his government.

By the imagined design, the MEC would be dismembered for the creation of a ministry that would take care exclusively of the basic educationand another, which would deal with higher education.

“The possibility of dividing the MEC to serve basic and higher education would be a very pertinent way of giving more focus and speed to two areas with different demands”, says Rossieli Soares, in a message sent to the column.

“It will do Brazil good to have a manager thinking exclusively about basic education and this area that is so fundamental for the development of Brazil”, says the former minister, who headed the portfolio at the government of Michel Temer (MDB).

The only caveat he made is that higher education demands related to basic education, such as teacher training, remain under the purview of an eventual Ministry of Basic Education. “The French model, today, works that way”, says Rossieli.

“When I was Minister of Education we discussed this division. [Haveria] a Ministry of Basic Education, and the area of ​​higher education would migrate to [pasta da] Science and Technology, leading to Capes [Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior]because it would make a lot more sense”, he continues.

already the Inep (National Institute of Educational Studies and Research), according to the former minister’s proposal, would be redesigned to serve both basic and higher education. It’s the FNDE (National Education Development Fund) would take over the Basic Education portfolio, due to the high demand for works.

Questioned by the column this Wednesday, Lula did not confirm his plans to split the MEC. “No, no. I’m thinking about other things,” he quickly replied, when asked by Folha on leaving Bruno Dantas takes office as president of the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU).

According to another member of his team, the idea was suggested by the transition group, but its execution would be complicated and would not make sense at this time. MEC would be a huge ministry with an already consolidated design.

The folder is now coveted by several political groups that support Lula. His preferred name to occupy it was that of the governor of Ceará, Izolda Cela, who was from the PDT and is now without a party. But the senator-elect Camilo Santanafrom the PT of Ceará, who also wants the position.

Lula still faces problems to accommodate Simone Tebet, from the MDB of Mato Grosso do Sul. The division of the MEC would open up a new wave and facilitate the resolution of chess.

If created, the Ministry of Higher Education would incorporate the Science and Technology portfolio, which today has few resources and it is unattractive for ministerial candidates.

Lula reminded one of the interlocutors that the idea was defended, in the past, by the former Senator and Minister of Education in his first government, Christopher Buarque.

Supporters of the proposal in Lula’s team argue that today the MEC deals with very different realities: the insertion of children and adolescents in schools and the improvement of teaching for this age group, and very diverse themes for higher education.

Another member of Lula’s team detailed the idea to politicians and magistrates, saying that a possible Ministry of Higher Education could dedicate itself with greater commitment to the connection between higher education and technological innovation, for example.


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