This paper explores the proposals for high school education that will be included in the National Plan for Education, which was launched at the 2010 National Conference on Education. Based on documents produced by the Ministry of Education, the National Education Council and the civil society, it analyzes the data concerning the access to and the quality of high school education as provided in the 2001-2010 National Plan for Education. It then points out the need to materialize the discourse on the universalization of basic education with social quality. To do so, the National Education System must be institutionalized as an articulating element of a collective effort aiming to provide high school education with a wider access and a higher quality. Next, the text analyzes the stagnation of the first decade of the 21st century. It points out that there was an inversion of the structural duality through the disqualification of the general high school education provided to those who work for a living. Throughout the analysis, the author emphasizes the goals that should be considered within the context of the new National Plan for Education, to attain a universalized, quality high school education.
High school education; National Plan for Education; Basic education