The Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) 206/19, which determines that public universities must charge tuition fees from students, will be analyzed this Tuesday afternoon (24) at the Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Committee (CCJ) of the Chamber of Deputies. deputies. Student organizations and opposition deputies and senators protest against the initiative.
According to the text, the gratuity will be maintained only for demonstrably needy students, defined by the university’s own evaluation committee, based on minimum and maximum values established by the Ministry of Education.
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The CCJ will analyze the admissibility of the text from 1 pm this Tuesday, time scheduled for the committee session. If the proposal is approved, a special commission will be created to debate and vote on the merits of the proposal, which will then have to go through the Plenary of the Chamber.
Bolsonar deputy General Peternelli (PSL-SP), author of the PEC, says that the current gratuity generates serious distortions in society, as it privileges students from higher income families, who study in private schools.
“Public spending in these universities is unequal and favors the richest. It would not be right for the whole of society to fund the study of young people from the upper classes,” she says.
Peternelli cited a study by the World Bank, released in 2017, which recommended charging tuition fees in public universities as a way to reduce social inequalities in the country.
The rapporteur of the text is Deputy Kim Kataguiri (DEM-SP). In his report, the congressman voted for the admissibility of the PEC: “The core of the fundamental social right to education is, therefore, free primary education, because it is this type of education that allows the person to have their basic training and ascend to the other levels of education In higher education, the student is already an adult and can often combine work and study.
“It is true that there are cases of students in higher education in conditions of poverty – and these should continue to have the benefit of gratuity – but allowing the State to cover tuition fees in higher education for wealthy students does not even remotely alter the core of the fundamental social right. to education”, concluded the deputy in the text.
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Impact on social networks
Student entities, such as the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG) and the National Union of Students (UNE), spoke out against the proposal.
Deputies from different opposition parties also protested on social media. Read some of the publications:
😖😨 IT IS UNACCEPTABLE that the Committee on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship of the Chamber of Deputies wants to vote tomorrow, the 24th, on a bill that aims to create tuition fees for students from public universities.+
— NATIONAL STUDENT UNION 💙 (@uneoficial) May 24, 2022
To charge tuition at a public university is to close the doors of knowledge to the children of poor families and make these spaces islands of the elite. University is not privatized, it is popularized! #PEC206nao
— ANPG (@anpg) May 24, 2022
❌ MONTHLY CHARGE IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES NO!❌
PEC 206/19, which institutes this absurdity, is on the CCJ’s agenda! We are going to fight to defeat this attack on public, free and quality education. In front! #PEC206No
— Alessandro Molon 🇧🇷 (@alessandromolon) May 24, 2022
Today’s agenda at CCJ is the project that allows for the collection of tuition fees in public universities. We are against this nonsense! @PTnaCamara advocates free, quality, public and inclusive education. #PEC206NO
— Reginaldo Lopes 🇧🇷 (@ReginaldoLopes) May 24, 2022
🚨 SCAM ALERT IN BRAZILIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
CCJ of the Chamber wants to approve today PEC that institutes the collection of tuition in public universities.
The public, free and quality university is a heritage of the Brazilian people!#pec206no
— 🔺️Paulo Guedes do Bem (@deppauloguedes) May 24, 2022
ABSURD! Today the CCJ da Câmara will discuss and vote on PEC 206/19, which establishes MONTHLY CHARGE in PUBLIC universities! It’s a mockery! Parliament needs to focus on improving people’s lives, not making it WORSE! Respect the right to education! #PEC206No
— Randolfe Rodrigues 💉👓 (@randolfeap) May 24, 2022
🚨 BACKWARD ALERT!
On the agenda of the CCJC of the Chamber is the analysis of a project that ends free of charge in public universities. The proposal provides for a monthly fee, violating the Constitution and paving the way for privatization. We won’t allow it! #PEC206nao
– Orlando Silva (@orlandosilva) May 24, 2022
I am on the official agenda in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, but I am following with great concern the vote on the admissibility of PEC 206/19 in the CCJC today. They want to end the Public University and harm millions of Brazilians in the country! #Public university #PEC206NO
– Joenia Wapichana (@JoeniaWapichana) May 24, 2022
SERIOUS! The PEC 206 is on the agenda today of the Constitution and Justice Commission, which allows, see the absurdity, the collection of tuition fees in public universities. Education is a right and not a privilege for the few. All the mobilization to stop this attack more!
— Natalia Bonavides (@natbonavides) May 24, 2022
🔴🔴🔴 ALERT 🔴🔴🔴
CCJ of the Chamber wants to approve tomorrow (24) a PEC that institutes tuition fees in public universities.
— Deputy Alencar Santana – #Lula13 (@AlencarBraga13) May 23, 2022
Editing: Rebeca Cavalcante