Rossieli Soares talks about ‘catastrophic losses’ in education due to the Covid-19 pandemic – Prime Time Zone


Secretary of São Paulo believes that, on the other hand, technological advances are here to stay, although they do not replace teachers

Eduardo Carmim/Estadão ContentFor Rossieli, it’s time to try to make up for lost time and he bets on a hybrid recovery to minimize the deficit

The Secretary of Education of São Paulo, Rossieli Soares, is confident with the resumption of in-person classes, although not mandatory, in the 2nd semester of this year. The advance of vaccination against Covid-19 for Education professionals and for the population in general, it enables, little by little, schools to return to normality. For Rossieli, it’s time to try to make up for lost time and he bets on a hybrid recovery to minimize the deficit. “Technology is here to stay longer, yes. Education took a generational leap at this point. It is not the replacement of the teacher, because in basic education we need this contact. Technology can be something else. Today, for example, we place television equipment and media center kits in 100% of classrooms. The teacher will be able to share his class. It’s a big step and we need to consolidate.”

In an interview with Morning newspaper, gives Young pan, the Secretary of Education stated that the pandemic’s damage to the sector was catastrophic. “Imagine the child who, in 2019, was in the 3rd year of elementary school. It was a normal year and, in 2020, it went to the 4th year. We made efforts so that she learned something and lost as little as possible, but she was unable to consolidate and did not advance in all of her knowledge. She advanced to the 5th year knowing less than in 2019. And this assessment was made CPF versus CPF, what she knew versus what she personally knows,” he explained.

Rossieli also added that during this period there is also one of the most important transitions in school life, from the 5th to the 6th grade. “It’s already complex without a pandemic. That’s why it’s important to come back in this second semester.” One of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic that cannot yet be measured was school dropout. For the secretary, this will only be seen, in fact, with the mandatory resumption – which should happen next year. The forecast is that the current school year will end on the scheduled date, at the end of December. But that, just like this year, the month of January will be available to students to “make up for lost time” with extra and welcoming activities. According to him, the focus now must be on the most essential skills to enable students to continue advancing, such as literacy.