Schools, the balance of DECS – CSR Swiss radio and television

A difficult school year, especially marked by the pandemic first and foremost of the conflict in Ukraine. In a nutshell, this is the balance drawn up by the Ticino Department of Education, Culture and Sports a few days after school closes. A school year defined as “in the name of inclusion and sociality”.

As for the Covid-19 pandemic, the goal of keeping a school open, in attendance and in accordance with health measures is “reached again”. According to DECS, the institutes’ adaptability has made it possible with a significant organizational effort from all the school’s actors to handle the sharp increase in cases that occurred in the period between the Christmas and carnival holidays. “Given the possibility that new pandemic waves will face during the next autumn-winter, the goal remains unchanged: to keep a school safe and present, not to compromise learning and at the same time guarantee students the opportunities for socialization, relationships and exchange that the school offers ”, it says in a note.

War in Ukraine and school

As the situation on the pandemic front improved, Ticino schools had to deal with the conflict that erupted in Ukraine in late February: Since the beginning of hostilities in early June, over 630 students from Ukraine have been welcomed to Ticino -schools, of which over 100 in kindergarten, over 250 in primary schools, over 170 in middle schools and one hundred in after-schools. In primary school, the reception of refugees took place in accordance with the purposes and methods commonly used for the reception of alloglot students (linguistic and cultural integration, direct contacts with families, language and integration teacher), with a further novelty in high schools: the possibility for students to resort to distance learning offered by Ukrainian educational institutions. The number and intensity of the flow of arrivals, especially in the Lugano and Mendrisiotto areas, nevertheless required considerable effort: 20 additional language and integration teachers were employed in municipal schools and 30 in middle schools. “During the summer period, students from Ukraine and other compulsory school students will have access to an extraordinary offer of intensive Italian courses organized by DECS in collaboration with the Language and Sports Foundation,” writes DECS.

Also in the compulsory position, a specific program was organized, and in early April a specific program was launched with the aim of guaranteeing support for the qualification of young people between the ages of 15 and 18 living in Ticino who participated in post -obligatoriet. education in their country (high school or vocational training). “Currently, there are about 100 young people in the program, which will also continue during the summer.”

An increasingly inclusive school

DECS in its budget then focuses on promoting inclusion: inclusive classes, ie. with a regular teacher and a special education teacher, is currently 34 in the various school orders, and a significant increase is expected, which should bring the total number up to more than 50 units.

More and more young people are learning

In May, DECS also writes, the survey on students’ choices at the end of fourth grade was conducted, a first survey that will get better with time. “Currently, we find that 43.7% of students are interested in enrolling in a high school and 49.3% are willing to start a vocational education, including 29% in the apprenticeship formula in the company and the remaining 20, 3% in full-time vocational training. “

In the school year 2021/2022, 2,523 young apprentices started in double internships in the company, 130 more than in 2020 (+ 5%), and 74 more than in 2019 (+ 3%). This is the highest number registered in the last 8 years, and the first results of the internship campaign for the next school year 2022/2023 confirm the positive trend (+ 21% in apprenticeships in early June).

Finally, with regard to compulsory education up to the age of 18, which came into force nine months ago, the relatives’ service (GO95) contacted 1,510 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 who were not admitted to further education. Most (1,067 cases) already had an ongoing education project: 814 people went to a private school, trained in other cantons or abroad, while the other 253 were in an orientation practice or a language course. GO95 is currently actively supporting 143 young people on their way to resume or start post-compulsory education. A further 161 cases were “canceled” because they were transferred abroad or when they reached the age of majority.

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