Sao Paulo – More than a month after the start of classes in state schools, parents complain that their children still have not received school materials and textbooks provided by the government of São Paulo.
Students should have received colored markers, pencils, eraser, crayons, colored pencils and glue. Parents expect that on the first day of school, in 2/2, the youngsters already had these items and textbooks.
“In the queue to pick up the children, I talked to some parents and no one received it,” nutritionist Rafael Senger, 34, told the metropolises.
He is the father of a 6-year-old girl who is in the 1st year of elementary school 1 at the República do Paraguay State School, in Vila Prudente, in the east side of São Paulo.
Rafael is worried because, without textbooks, he finds it difficult to follow what is being taught to his daughter.
“Even to resume some things here at home, if she has difficulty. It’s the first year of elementary school, there’s the whole question of how she’s going to recognize the school from now on, what she’s going to learn,” said the father.
According to Rafael, students in the 3rd and 4th years of elementary school 1 also did not have access to the materials.
The nutritionist questioned the school administration and the ombudsman on the matter and was informed that the deadline for delivery of kits for elementary school 1 is 30/3.
“Two months deadline to deliver the material after the beginning of classes is complicated. It’s an abandonment, you do it anyway,” she protested.
According to the ombudsman’s response to Rafael, the deadline for delivering materials and books to elementary school 2 students is 4/14. High school students should receive items by 4/8.
The 6-year-old daughter of the autonomous Marina Beatriz Poggetto, 35, started in 2/2 the 1st year of elementary school 1 at Escola Estadual Dr. Edmundo de Carvalho, in Perdizes, in the west of São Paulo. During the one month she studied there she didn’t have the school kit either.
The child was transferred and is now attending classes at the Alfredo Paulino State School, in Alto da Lapa, on the west side of the capital. This institution has delivered only the books so far and has not given a forecast to provide the materials from the state government.
“Some families can do more than other families, but the idea being a public school is that all children have the same resources. My concern is that some children feel excluded,” Marina told metropolises.
Both schools told the mother that there is no forecast for delivery of the items.
interior of São Paulo
Students in the 6th year of elementary school 2 at Escola Estadual Carlos Alberto Galhiego, in Campinas, in the interior of São Paulo, also did not receive materials and books.
The institution’s management told parents that the items are expected to reach the regional education board on 3/18. After that date, the kit will be sent to schools, but there is no expected date for it to be delivered to students.
Secretary of Education
The Secretary of Education of the State of São Paulo justified to the metropolises that it is normal for students not to have school supplies even two months after the start of the school year.
“As usual, the distribution of state school kits takes place from the first school day (2/2) to the end of the first two months,” the state agency said in a statement.
According to the secretariat, schools can use funds from the Dinheiro Direto na Escola Program (PDDE-SP) to buy materials if they deem necessary.
“Having a schedule to reach the end of the first two months is a problem, but we cannot forget that logistics are complex and these problems can end up happening”, said the founding director of Interdisciplinarity and Evidence in the Educational Debate (Iede), Ernesto Faria , to metropolises.
However, the education expert stressed that this situation cannot be normalized. “The Department of Education has to try to understand why this problem is happening and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. It is better than denying the existence of the problem,” he assessed.