Senator Paulo Paim (PT-RS) declared in his speech on Wednesday (3) support for the proposal of the Chamber of Councilors of Caxias do Sul (RS) to join Rio Grando do Sul to the federal Interest for Education program, which offers in exchange for state investments in technical education average in the years 2025-2030 a reduction in interest on debt applied to state debt refinancing agreements with the EU. The Parliamentarian emphasized that the program is a significant effort of the federal government aimed at stimulating economic growth of secondary technical education.

— The federal government's proposal is to create a national pact for vocational training for young people in secondary schools, which, in addition to improving the employability and income of these young people, will help build a country with structurally greater economic growth and states with clean public finances. In return, countries must increase the number of places for technical students in their educational networks, as well as invest in renovations and the construction of new classrooms in schools.

Paim said the program aims to meet the average of countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where 37% of young people aged 15 to 19 attend secondary schools linked to vocational education. According to the senator, this solution aims to triple the number of students by 2030, exceeding the mark of 3 million students.

– Affiliates that achieve their enrollment growth goals within six years will have their interest rates permanently reduced, reducing debt. The program will be open to all states of the Federation. Those who have no debt in the EU or have smaller debt will have priority in access to financing lines and other activities supporting the development of technical education. In addition to introducing fiscal relief, the program certainly promotes vocational education, benefiting all sectors of the economy, with a sustained increase in productivity as well as economic growth.

Agência Senado (reproduction authorized based on the quote from Agência Senado)