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“The salary development of seniority remains unchanged”. One hundred and sixty-three years after the first amnesty decided in 1859 by Vittorio Emanuele II two years before the association was approved, the pillar of the bureau union remained in school, sacred and immovable as the tooth of the Buddha in Sri Lanka, as even with Mario Draghi. But how, you say, has it not been a standard-bearer of merit for decades? It was Mariastella Gelmini too who read the word “merit” 37 times in a bill before (before) she became minister. Anyway…

Still myself Legislative Decree 36/2022 these days, the debate in the Senate on the final conversion into law still contains (Article 44 (4)) these seven words. Despite the Pnrr itself, he recalls a very critical dossier of The entire school“Include the entry into force of the Teacher Career Reform as one of the milestones expiring June 30, 2022”. A word, career, in the “last twenty years disappeared from ministerial and contractual obligations” after «failed by Minister Luigi Berlinguer’s proposal, which was initially shared by the trade union, but subsequently opposed by a large part of the category« and evaporated in grueling contractual battles until it was lost «in the archives of good intentions». According to Giovanni Vinciguerra’s magazine, Parliament would still have “a unique opportunity to resume the failed reform involving the trade union for that part of its competence”. Not at all …

The proof of this is that “in section 3.2 of the Guidance Act, which is dedicated to education, it is stated that” The contract, without new or greater costs to be borne by the state budget (…) strengthens the additional obligation that is provided for all staff and without prejudice to the principle of remuneration for training activities, it may also establish methods by which the involvement in certified training activities, assessed and in accordance with the activity performed, can be linked to the recognition of skills acquired in the context of professional development. .. “. Let us understand: Andthere is a way to reward the best in this or that category, in primary or secondary school, without giving them a penny because the state has decided in advance not to spend one more and still save on the salaries of teachers who already are, says the latest Eurydice report “Teachers ‘and School Heads’ Salaries and Allowances in Europe 2019/20”, tra the lowest paid of the 38 European education systems and clearly poorer than their counterparts in Belgium, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway? Not to mention luxury salaries of over € 50,000 in Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Liechtenstein?

Yet, even in the latest amendment, signed by the president of the 7th Permanent Commission on Public Education and Cultural Heritage, Riccardo Nencini, who could still make some significant adjustments, the final sentence is nailed there: “Seniority wage growth remains firm”. Question: why should a brilliant young man, in love with school, willing to make sacrifices that others would not do, feel attracted to an environment that is completely uninterested in hiring those who study the most, those who update themselves even more, those who learn more about foreign languages ​​if the state, the environment, the school is only interested in anonymous people who will never give a crumb more than what is asked of them? Is this the way to attract potentially indispensable talents by finally breaking the “absolute equality that equates 800,000 professionals” as if they were 800,000 hand-cranked robots?

What’s worse, they accuse the most critical of the “reform” that is still under discussion: there are even steps back compared to the steps forward that the union itself has taken in the past. And they take, for example, the “national collective agreement for 2002 \ 2005 regulation period of four years” or “Law 107/2015” (excuse the bureaucrat) to state that now there is no longer any “compulsory education” (essential in a world, where too many teachers and professors ended up in the chair without ever having passed a selection), replaced by a “incentive” training: “In order to increase access to the aforementioned training courses, a one-off remuneration element of an ancillary nature is envisaged, which is recognized by the positive result of the training course”. Do you remember the very controversial laws that were proposed or even launched to reward certain public sectors where those who showed up for work (as if it were not obvious) were to be rewarded, or certain postmen who had already been paid for to deliver the letters, should have a plus for each letter delivered? Here’s something like that. But does one make a career only with seniority or even with an award won for merit? I do not know…

Result: this true, open, concrete European reform, which has been invoked for years, risks going back on the vital front, of merit. And we will all stick to the usual litany: ah, if the best ... Who knows how Minister Patrizio Bianchi will remain in his book In the school mirrortwo years ago, sanctioned: “Investing in teachers also means preparing careers that allow them to invest in themselves, free from precarious conditions that hardly allow professional growth”.

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