NEWS IN ENGLISH – President signs quotas law

22/10/2012 08:51

Heloisa Cristaldo (with Luana Lourenço)     Reporters Agência Brasil

Brasília – On Thursday, October 11, president Dilma Rousseff signed into law legislation on quotas in federal universities and technical schools. The Quotas Law (“Lei das Cotas”) requires that 50% of places be reserved for students who did all their high school studies in public schools and that those places be distributed proportionally among Negro, dark-skinned (“pardo”) and Indian students.

Federal educational institutions will have four years to implant the new system. There is expected to be a mechanism to compensate for eventual differences between students that get in through the quotas system and those that take the rigid exams; that is, some form of remedial classes.

Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English

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