The Government of Minas Gerais has just launched the Trilhas de Futuro program: a set of 78 technical courses aimed at high school students. From August 20th to 30th, students will be able to register on the Trails of the Future page and compete for one of the 40,000 vacancies.
The courses are free and will last for a year and a half. The classes, which will be in person, are expected to start in October this year. The State Department of Education informs that everyone will receive transportation assistance and food assistance.
Students from public schools enrolled in the 2nd and 3rd year of high school will be accepted, as well as students from Youth and Adult Education (EJA). Teenagers from the private school system and, if there are vacancies, people who have already completed high school will also be able to enroll.
Courses can be accessed here from August 20th.
Courses do not include all students
The number of vacancies corresponds to about 10% of the number of students in the state. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Minas Gerais had 381,000 enrollments for secondary education in 2020.
“new” high school
The project is part of the state government’s actions to adapt school curricula to the national New High School program, approved in 2017. At the time, thousands of public schools were occupied by the students themselves who, once aware of the new law, protested against your ordeal.
In this new curriculum, the subjects of human formation are reduced or almost non-existent, while new subjects aimed at the labor market are created. Teachers and specialists warned that this choice can bring a series of harm to students, since education for reflection, respect and thought cannot be excluded in favor of employment alone.
In a note released on the Agência Minas portal, the Minas government reaffirmed that the Trails of the Future is aimed at the needs of companies, not students. “The selection of selected courses was made after extensive research with the productive sector, with the participation of Headquarters and Sedese, involving 110 companies from 50 industrial centers in the state”, says the note.
Source: BoF Minas Gerais
Edition: Elis Almeida