To replace Helena Sampaio, the Minister of Education chose Marta Abramo, who previously headed the secretariat between 2014 and 2016
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247 – The Minister of Education, Camilo Santana (PT), announced this Friday afternoon (2), the dismissal of the Secretary of Regulation and Supervision of Higher Education, Helena Sampaio, marking the second change of command in high-level positions linked to paste in just one week. The measure is part of the adjustments that Santana has implemented in his team, as he completes one year at the helm of the Ministry of Education (MEC).
The person chosen to fill the vacant position is Marta Abramo, who already headed the secretariat between 2014 and 2016 and has previous experience in the office of minister Fernando Haddad (PT), currently in the Finance department. This change occurs amid concerns about the regulation of private higher education, with perceptions that the secretariat lacks the structure to efficiently perform its role, reports Estado de S. Paulo. Minister Santana announced the government’s intention to create an agency dedicated to regulating the sector.
During the week, the minister had already dismissed the then president of Capes (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), Mercedes Bustamante. In her place, Denise Pires de Carvalho was chosen, who previously held the position of secretary of Higher Education at the department. The decision to replace Bustamante was motivated, according to internal sources, by the former president’s lack of rapport with the MEC team, highlighting the lack of effective communication between the authority and the ministry. Furthermore, reports of alleged moral harassment by one of Bustamante’s subordinates also contributed to the deterioration of her management.
Minister Santana has signaled that the priority in his management is to seek profiles with execution potential to occupy strategic positions in the MEC. Uncertainty remains about possible new changes in the ministerial team, but the minister has reiterated his determination to strengthen the department’s capacity to act.
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