Enem has the lowest number of subscribers since 2007 – Prime Time Zone

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Long period with students out of school and the need to seek income in the pandemic explain the low adherence to the test

ADAILTON DAMASCENO/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTThe deadline for payment ends on Monday and it is expected that many will not be able to pay the BRL 85

A large number of students are not taking the Enem because you need to work or because you can’t pay the application fee. Enem 2021 received 4 million entries, the lowest number since 2007. The long period with students out of school and the need to seek income in the pandemic of Covid-19 explain the low adherence to Enem. This is what the executive director of the All for Education, Olavo Nogueira Filho. “Recent surveys show that approximately half of young people aged 15 to 29 report that their family lost income during the pandemic. And this is one of the reasons that forces them to seek the job market to supplement the family income.”

Olavo Nogueira Filho criticizes a decision by the National Institute of Educational Studies and Research that punishes students who asked for tax exemption last year and did not take the test because of the pandemic. “It was a rule created in 2018 in light of a specific context, but it remains in force. And this was an important part of the problem and demonstrated inaction on the part of the federal government to understand that the large number of candidates that did not show up in 2020 was not due to the pandemic.” The deadline for enrollment in Enem ended yesterday, but the number of students who will take the tests may still decrease. The deadline for payment ends on Monday and it is expected that many will not be able to make the payment of the R$85.

*With information from reporter Marcelo Mattos