Public management is inefficient, study shows


Author: Paulo Darcie (Estadão)

Source: Blog do Reinaldo Azevedo, 24/12/2007

Brazilian public management, at the most varied levels, does not invest resources efficiently in the sectors that it traditionally manages - security, education, health and social security -, according to a study carried out by the Institute for Economic Research Foundation (Fipe), under the order of the Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics (Etco). “Management variables are more important than the amount invested”, evaluates the president of Etco, André Franco Montoro Filho.

In the area of ​​education, Brazil shows low performance when the data obtained here are compared with results from other countries that have been submitted to the International Student Assessment Program (Pisa). While Brazil, which invests 6,6% of GDP in education (including public and private investments), reached only 350 points in Pisa, the international average is 500 points, with the average application percentage of 6,3% of GDP in the sector.

When analyzing the expenses of small units, the study compared the performance of the José Negri Municipal School, in Sertãozinho (SP) - which obtained an average of 6,1 in the Basic Education Development Index (Ideb), spending R $ 2,6 thousand per year with each student - with the José Ferreira Bastos Municipal School, from Itabirito (MG), which had an average of 5,9, spending R $ 700 less per student / year. “Factors such as the existence of computer rooms connected to the internet and reading rooms are pushing performance upwards,” says Montoro.