Recruitment reform, Buondonno (SI): “Nothing goes, Draghi government continues to attack Italian school” [INTERVISTA]

From the recruitment reform to the renewal of the contract, through the school policies of the coming years. The head of the Italian left-wing school, Giuseppe Buondonno, intervenes in the Orizzonte Scuola.

Teacher recruitment reform was published in the Official Journal of the European Union; what is going on and what is wrong with the provision?

There is nothing in that decree, starting with the method, which is absolutely devoid of debate and consultation with the unions, which are not ‘offices’ but represent millions of male and female workers. The Draghi government continues to attack the Italian school by decree of law, when it would be necessary to involve the world of education, in all its components, in a participatory debate – not endless, but real – in order to rethink, with the school not against it, fundamental focal points such as the recruitment and training of teachers. is not the opposite, is instead – all stable and precarious – the backbone of the Republic’s education system, in fact it is even worse because it transforms the role of teacher (who has already taught for years in our schools) into an obstacle course that seems to want deter those who, on the other hand, have chosen this profession, which is indispensable for the future of the country, and does not guarantee free, while those who also have to pay to train are forced to work part-time. Sinistra Italiana called for this decree to be withdrawn and for a serious debate to begin, beginning with the parliamentary chambers; some forces that, unlike us, sit in the majority, criticize the decree, but then bow their heads. We do not, we do not homologate, because it is not fair, for the school and for those who work there. On 7 and 8 May (next Saturday and Sunday) we will be engaged in Pisa, in the Arsenale cinema, in a national conference on school, university and research (“Pensiero stupendo. Sapere È Democrazia”), also to speak about this, together with trade unions and student organizations, professional and intellectual associations; and to discuss the draft of a new bill also on recruitment and training. It’s an open meeting you can attend in person, or follow the live broadcast on our Facebook pages “.

Is education linked to wage increases in the right way?

‘No, it is not, least of all in the proposed form. However, we could discuss additional reward elements voluntary training activities; but we are considering, for example, introducing paid sabbaticals for training; and that the teaching colleges can perform activities – useful and far less generic – of self-training. Then there is the drug: who takes care of this training? Which agencies (usually private) are you affiliated with? And above all, to what addresses? The feeling that you want to force training towards purely executive skills, or measured only on business needs, is very strong. And once again, can choices be made by decree that affect the quality of education and the salaries of millions of teachers? No, you can not, at least in a democracy. Italian teachers are among the lowest paid in Europe and are not among the least educated. There is, of course, a training problem, especially in the vortex of a transformation of knowledge and communication; but so much the more reason we have to stop, get to know and reason with the teachers, not about the teachers ”.

Lack of funding for schools risks jeopardizing school policy in the coming years. What can be done to remedy this?

“Here we are at the paradox; I’m a teacher and I’m really outraged. It was necessary to double investments in schools and universities – and I’m talking about the general state budget, not PNRR’s one-off funds, at whose addresses an even more bitter chapter was to be opened – instead of (in DEF) the total expenditure is reduced by 12.5%, i.e. 0.5% of GDP. At the same time, military spending is rising, bringing it to over 100 million euros a day; I would like to repeat it: 100 million euros a day! It’s such a serious choice that I do not even comment on it. In Pisa, we will instead start working for a law against educational poverty in the most disadvantaged areas, to put a maximum of 15 students per year. class (employment of many more teachers), to extend full-time and for secondary education II. anticipate forms for extended periods of time, so as not to leave teenagers alone with their difficulties; we will relaunch our proposals for free education, from kindergarten to university, supported by genuine progressive general taxation. Draghi justified the reduction of funds with the fall in births, as if this were a natural fact and not the consequence of the absolute precariousness of millions of young people that children often cannot cope with them; and completely ignores the hypothesis of reducing the number of pupils, which, on the other hand, would also be an opportunity to encourage more inclusive and effective teaching, more aware of the widespread fragility of young people and children. No, we are really not there; we need a counter-offensive from the school world before it is too late ”.

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