Invalsi, cuts in education and high school education: the unions against the Draghi government with strikes and protests

There are those who are on strike against the Invalsi tests and those who are ready to take to the streets against the cuts in education, the new reform on recruitment and updating proposed by the Upper Secondary School. That The Draghi government to regroup the unions. From Cobas to Flc Cgil, to Cisl Scuola, Gilda, Uil, Snals up to Anief, they are all ready to raise their voices against the recent elections of Prime Minister and Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi.

The first to be heard on Friday will be Cobas which proclaimed a general strike against the Invali quizzes, but also against the school decree, which introduces “unacceptable methods of stabilizing substitutes and three-year training in extra hours, which will be mandatory for newly enrolled teachers from 2023-24, with incentives pay and selective control to create hierarchies among workers and convey the logic of the school business by limiting didactic pluralism and freedom of teaching, “explains the leader Piero Bernocchi. As every year Cobas, on the occasion of the tests of National evaluation systemprotest because, as the union leader points out, “these tests have negative retroactive effects on teaching; standardize teaching; they make teachers” quiz coaches “and discriminate against students with special educational needs”.

The Cobs are the only ones crossing their arms, but they have not stopped doing so since the trial was institutionalized. On Friday, the demonstrations will be held in front of the Ministry of Education in Rome, at 9.30am, but also in Florence (via Mannelli at 10am); in Bologna (in front of the provincial school office at nine o’clock); in Turin (in front of Usr at ten o’clock); in Palermo (in piazza Verdi) in Cagliari (in piazza Garibaldi) in Catania, in Naples and in Pisa. All the other trade unions are also at war who in a joint communiqué declared a state of agitation and blocking of further activities for all school staff. The National Secretaries of Flc Cgil; Cis and UIl School, Rua; Snals and Gilda will convene all representatives of the RSU on Friday, and on May 13, they will hold unit directors. Not only that: in the meantime, they will meet all the parliamentary groups.

“With the publication of the decree on schools in the Official Gazette on May 1 – explain the unions – the government strongly intervenes in many aspects of school life, which as an authentic resource for the country, comes back and becomes a terrain for spending cuts and political-ideological clashes. The multi-annual financial planning documents do not provide for investment, but for cuts that the system has undergone for decades. The government draws the extra resources included in the budget law for the renewal of the contract, and allocates them to incentive training methods decided unilaterally, with a clear reduction of those destined to reassessand everyone’s salary and with the mortgage to cut into the workforce in the coming years“.

Palazzo Chigi’s choice to use the form of the decree (as it has done several times in recent months) does not appeal to those defending teachers, professors, school partners and staff: “Again, issues of great importance to the school system are decided through unilateral actions, even by decree of law, which avoids any confrontation with the world of the school.The awareness that participation in change contributes to the innovation processes by increasing its quality and value is obviously completely lacking in government and “politics” at this stage.

Rino Di Meglio, national coordinator of the Teachers’ Guild, is in no doubt: “The Decree Act 36 is an unacceptable provision in method and content that humiliates teachers, the Ministry of Education and Parliament, which is deprived of its institutional functions”. There is also a critique of the news of lifelong learning: “The only sure thing is the cost of paying generously to the president and leaders of the new public body called Higher Education School and incentive system for continuing education while there is still an attempt made for to relieve teachers of additional workloads without being paid ”.

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