Almost four million students are registered to participate in the National High School Exam (Enem), which will be administered on the 5th and 12th of November. Despite being a relevant number, the number is still much lower than that recorded between 2012 and 2016, when it reached more than nine million subscribers.
Popular educator and member of the Rede de Cursinhos Populares Podemos +, Lorrana Nascimento, believes that this is a reflection of what higher education represents for young people today. She participated in Central do Brasil this Tuesday (31) and analyzed the context of the exam application this year.
“One of the factors is this mischaracterization of public higher education, in which young people no longer invest in this path as a prospect for advancement”, he describes, recalling that, between 2012 and 2016, during the PT governments, investments in education translated into interest entering higher education.
“I believe that this low mobilization of students is mainly due to a certain disbelief in teaching itself as a prospect for social advancement and also due to this last period, the last government, which severely attacked education”, he explained.
Candidates this year criticized the test locations indicated by Inep, which were too far from the students’ home address. Around 50 thousand people were affected by this situation.
In light of the criticism, Inep informed that it will re-administer the tests on the 12th and 13th of December, for those who are interested and can prove that they live at least 30km from the test location indicated on the registration card.
The new test locations will still be announced. Overall, the decision does not change the official schedule and the exam is still scheduled for November 5th and 12th.
Lorrana reveals that these flaws in the process affect candidates’ psychology and can interfere with their performance in the exam.
“This ends up affecting in a very significant way the emotional preparation that these students are having throughout the year. I believe that it ends up making this engagement process a little more difficult”, he reflected.
Despite these impacts, Lorrana also believes that it was an important decision by Inep to guarantee at least one new day of testing for people who were harmed.
Lorrana also spoke about the importance of the federal government centralizing decisions regarding free public transport, with the aim of ensuring that all candidates, in all cities, have the same right to a free pass on the day of the test.
The full interview is available in this Tuesday’s edition (31) of Central do Brasil on the Brasil de Fato channel on YouTube
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Central do Brasil is a production of Brasil de Fato. It is shown from Monday to Friday, live, always at 1pm, on Rede TVT and partner broadcasters.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho