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The Brazilian Minister of Education, Carlos Decotelli, on Tuesday asked to resign from the government, a week after being appointed and before taking office, due to various controversies with his curriculum, such as suspicions of false academic titles and plagiarism.
Decotelli confirmed to CNN Brasil and folha de S. Paulo that he presented his resignation.
So far, the Brazilian executive, led by President Jair Bolsonaro, has not yet officially announced the departure of the ruler, whose appointment was published in the Official Gazette last week.
The request to leave the Brazilian government comes after several suspicions came out regarding the academic formation of Decotelli, appointed last Thursday, succeeding abraham weintraub in office.
In announcing the appointment, Jair Bolsonaro cited on the social network Twitter the main academic titles of the ruler, including “a master’s degree at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Doctorate at the University of Rosario, Argentina, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wuppertal, Germany.”
However, this curriculum was stained with alleged irregularities: denunciation of plagiarism in the master’s thesis of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), false doctoral degree by the Argentine university and the postdoctoral study that was not performed.
On Friday, after Decotelli was appointed minister, the rector of the National University of Rosario said that the new Brazilian ruler did not obtain the title of doctor at that institution, contrary to what was in his curriculum.
“Mr. Decotelli studied his PhD in Business Administration at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Statistics of the National University of Rosario, but did not complete it. We have not completed all the requirements that are required by our regulations, which requires the approval of a final thesis to obtain the title of doctor. Therefore, he is not a doctor from the National University of Rosario,” Rector Franco Bartolacci told Globo.
Later, there was a suspicion of plagiarism in parts of decotelli’s master’s thesis to the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, a situation that the governor denied, claiming “distractions”.
In a statement, FGV indicated that the dissertation advisor was sought and that, if an “inadequate procedure” is confirmed, administrative and judicial measures will be taken against Carlos Decotelli.
In addition, the University of Wuppertal in Germany reported on Monday that the new minister does not hold any title for the institution, contrary to what was in his curriculum, which mentioned a postdoctoral course.
Decotelli told CNN Brazil today that the “drop of water” was the fact that FGV, one of brazil’s most important academic institutions, denied that it was part of its faculty.
In a statement, FGV stressed that Decotelli “worked only in continuing education courses, in executive training programs and not as a teacher in any of the Foundation’s schools”, and that “likewise, he was not a researcher at FGV, nor had research funded by the institution”.
Naval reserve officer Carlos Decotelli was the first black minister of the Bolsonaro Government and the latest military to be part of brazil’s current executive. He was also the third Minister of Education of the current executive, after Abraham Weintraub and Ricardo Vélez.