The political chronicle of the 2022 elections in Mato Grosso do Sul proclaimed the lack of preparation and the absence of a proposal by the PRTB candidate for the state government, Captain Renan Contaro. His absence from the debate promoted by the Midiamax website and his poor performance in other vehicle hearings cast doubt on his ability to govern the country.
The candidate’s own Government Plan shows ignorance of various areas of state public administration, making proposals for actions that are already implemented by the State Government or that lack specific information in their explanation. In the field of education, for example, Contar exaggerates in his attempt to “reinvent the wheel”.
It begins by directly criticizing the educational institutions in Mato Grosso do Sul, defining them as being in a state of disaster. It is an empty criticism, where Contar attacks the schools and universities of Mato Grosso do Sul without pointing out what data lead the institutions to this state. His axes for education have disqualified notes and are devoid of technical data or proposals for specific programs. Most copy what the state is already doing, but present it in other words.
For example: “Investing in gratitude and permanent qualification…”.
Namely, since 2015, the state has conducted more than 300 training courses through the Coordination for Continuous Training (CFOR), exceeding the limit of 70 thousand participation of experts in 40-hour courses. There are also actions aimed at taking care of teachers’ mental health, through programs that are available for free.
Mato Grosso do Sul is the 7th country that invests the most in education (RRO dos Estados 2021) and the 1st country that invests the most in doctoral scholarships with state funds (Confap 2021). MS also currently pays the highest salary for teachers in the national network, with more than R$10 thousand.
Another example of Contar’s empty promise: “Investing in the physical structure of schools…”
From 2015 to 2022, the state government has invested around BRL 700 million in partial and full renovations of all 348 schools in the network. In total, there were 750 interventions on buildings that also received financial resources for laboratories, equipment, computers and materials for robotics. Mato Grosso do Sul is the 7th state in the country with the highest primary school attendance rate (persons aged 6 to 14) – CLP 2021 ranking and the 8th state with the lowest illiteracy rate in Brazil (IBGE 2022).
And the facade, which promises to be copied from the existing one, does not stop…
“Improve the full-day school program…”
The state government is already developing a program that sets goals and deadlines for the implementation of integral schools by 2030, with integration with secondary education and training. Today, the program is offered in 131 out of 348 state schools (37% of the total number).
Another 44 are expected to be included in 2023 (38%). The goal of the state education plan is to reach 65% by 2024. Today, 27 thousand students use it (with a forecast of 32 thousand in 2023). From 2017 to 2022, an increase of 151% was recorded (from 52 schools to 131). And it expanded from 24 to 54 cities.
“Expand and encourage the implementation of civil-military schools”
The state government is already creating a state program of civil-military schools that establishes expansion and incentives for municipalities while providing police and fire service personnel. The MEC included the Civil-Military Schools of Mato Grosso do Sul as a national reference, according to the National Program of Civil-Military Schools (PECIM).
The state worked autonomously and integrated, the policy of the MEC, and managed to progress. The State Educational Network (REE) currently has 4 school units included in the civil-military program: two in Campo Grande – EE Civil-Military Marçal de Souza Tupã Y (Jardim Los Angeles); EECIV Professor Tito (Nova Lima); one in Anastacia – EE civil-military Maria Corrêa Dias, in partnership with the MS military police; and one in Maracay – EE Coronel Lima de Figueiredo.
“Ensure universal literacy…”
The state government is already developing the MS Literacy program, which invests R$8 million annually to help municipalities in the literacy process in 79 municipalities. This work does not only depend on the direct competence of the state, but it is up to the municipalities to do their part. Mato Grosso do Sul is the eighth state with the lowest illiteracy rate in Brazil (IBGE 2022).
“Create monitoring mechanisms by parents or guardians…”
The state Department of Education offers online access for parents to learn about student grades, the same way the state already offers text message contact for parents to track their children’s public school attendance.
“Expand vocational education for young people and adults…”
The national government already has a wide network of technical training that works in conjunction with the first steps program, with training according to the needs of the labor market in dialogue with the manufacturing sector and local leaders. The government offers free vocational education courses to the population of Mato Grosso do Sul who are enrolled in high school or have completed this level of primary education.
Mato Grosso do Sul State Department of Education announces the opening of registration for vocational courses, as well as the official schedule on the channels: http://www.sed.ms.gov.br and matriculadigital.ms.gov.br. Currently, the State Education Network (REE/MS) offers 43 (forty-three) different technical courses and 71 (seventy-one) professional qualification courses. Public schools and vocational education centers offer courses in several municipalities across the country.
“Instilling a culture of peace in schools…”
Another copy. The difference is that the Government’s action also includes action against homophobia. Contar’s proposal excluded this audience. The state government already has the Culture, Art and Peace Program – CAP, since 2015, which promotes lecture cycles in schools with a focus on the fight against violence and homophobia. And there is PROERD as the Drug Prevention Program of the Military Police, in cooperation with the Department of Education.
It is the law and the Government adheres to it. Accessibility standards have already been met in the education reform program that the state has.
“Expand access to universities…”
The state government already offers a scholarship program for higher education and has expanded the network of UEMS university centers across the state. Mato Grosso do Sul is the first state to invest in doctoral scholarships with state funds (Confap 2021).
“Improve the physical structure of state schools…”
From 2015 to 2022, the state government has invested about BRL 700 million in partial and full renovations in all 348 schools in the State Education Network (REE). In total, there were 750 interventions on buildings that also received financial resources for laboratories, equipment, computers and materials for robotics.
“Expand the offer of agricultural technical courses…”
The state government is already doing this through the National Program for Access to Technical Education and Employment (Pronatec). Courses are offered every year, at the beginning of the school year, in public schools in Campo Grande, Naviraí, Itaquiraí, Maracay and São Gabriel do Oeste. In total, the state serves 1155 students, of which 702 are from Pronatec/Medioteca; 139 of them are from Vocational Education in the form of distance learning (EAD), and 314 from Vocational Education for Initial and Continuing Training (FIC). In other municipalities in the state, the government offers free technical courses in agribusiness and agriculture through professionalized education centers.