Without clear guidelines for remote education and reopening schools, the Federal Government repeats the health tragedy in education. Millions of children stayed at home without school activities while the poorest have lost up to 50 school days.

Main Results

  • Amidst the pandemic, the Ministry of Education has failed to provide effective guidelines or methodologies for distance learning. States have defined their own strategies and reaped very different results from home-based learning activities;
  • Over 8 million children aged between 6 and 14 were left without any school activities at home;
  • 30% of the poorest students had no school activities in July. Among the wealthiest, the rate was less than 4%;
  • The poorest students in the Southeast and South had access to home-based learning activities in a similar proportion to the wealthiest students in the North and Northeast regions;
  • As the State neglects and fails to provide support to vulnerable families, the disparity in home-based learning activities between poor and rich students may reach 224 hours, equivalent to 50 school days;
  • Proficiency inequality in Portuguese among low- and high-income students could double in the period. For mathematics, the growth in inequality may reach 70%.

Work group responsible

Coordination: Ian Prates & Hellen Guicheney


  • Thiago Meireles (USP)
  • Vitor Menezes (USO)
  • Eduardo Lazzari (USP/CEM)
  • Paulo Flores (USP/CEM)
  • Sergio Simoni (UFRGS)
  • Carolina Requena(CEM)
  • Heloisa Fimiani (USP)
  • João Lucas Sacchi de Oliveira (USP)

Special Collaboration

  • Fabio Senne (NIC.br)
  • Daniela Costa (NIC.br)
  • Isabela Coelho (NIC.br)