School, tomorrow a crucial union government meeting to avoid strike

Fewer teachers, but more prepared. With tens of thousands of teachers retired and more than a million fewer students due to the demographic decline, the Italian school is preparing for profound changes over the next ten years. But the unions are not there if the debut is the one started by the current government and preparing to call the general strike of the category. According to the technical report on the Conversion Act in the Decree-Law of 30 April, which launches new rules for becoming teachers and for being employed in the role, in the next decade there will be 284 thousand schools of teachers leaving the chair: more than 40% of teachers and professors in service in the school year drawing to a close.

School, strike on Friday the 6th of the grassroots unions: “Unacceptable norms in the employment decree”

by Ilaria Venturi



The count is made according to the current pension rules: age 67/68 or 41/42 years of service. However, if the pension reform advocated by teachers intervenes, this percentage could exceed 50% and the renewal of the category will be significant. Also for this reason, Mario Draghi’s government has launched a reform of the so-called basic education and recruitment, which provides an integrated system of university education aimed at teaching, qualifying future high school teachers, access to the role and updating in the service that profoundly changes existing rules. To prepare teachers for the challenges of the coming years.

But, the workers’ representatives protest, these are contractual issues that should be discussed with the unions. The executive branch, on the other hand, has included them in a decree of law, which, according to political circles, is almost armored. And it’s going to be hard to change that. Tomorrow (Monday, May 9), the general secretaries of the school unions will present themselves to the Ministry of Labor for the mediation attempt required by law before the strike is called. The unions are skeptical of the government’s setback and will almost certainly invite school workers to take to the streets.

But it is not only the consistent replacement of Italian teachers, the oldest in the world, that will open the doors to significant innovations in schools over the next ten years. For, as the Ministry of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, said last May 4 during the hearing to the joint commissions (culture) of the Chamber and the Senate, between two decades, the Italian classes will host one million and 400 thousand fewer students. A decrease in the school population of 16%, which also in this case opens up for various innovations. Bianchi said that “we need to redefine the size of the departments and play a role in increasing school time. We therefore need more teachers and more leaders.” We could finally reduce the number of students per class and per class. institution and say goodbye to the so-called chicken farm classes.

But to understand the impact on the school system of one million and 400 thousand fewer students, it is enough to observe that with the current figures, 63 thousand classes and 110 thousand places in the legal staff may disappear. For a total of € 8.4 billion of “savings”. A figure in line with the abundant half GDP less predicted, between 2020 and 2030, by the economic and financial document (Def), approved by the government in March last year. Savings that will be hard for any government to resist. Starting from the one in office, which finances all the innovations in the basic and continuing education course for workers, contained in the decree on disagreement, with cuts in the workforce in the coming years: almost 10 thousand places. To the teacher’s charter and to the educational institution’s fund used to remunerate the extra hours of service provided by school workers for additional activities not provided for in the employment contract but necessary for the schools.

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