School, here are the right numbers

Sister Anna Monia Alfieri’s intervention

Each year, the Ministry of Education establishes with a dedicated circular the average cost of the Italian student according to the cycles. It is a fundamental fact to understand many dynamics in the school world, from the waste of taxpayers’ money to cover the gaps in the state primary school, to the reason why the primary schools are destined to close their doors.

For example, for the school year 2021/22, the average student cost – published on the Ministry’s institutional website with note 7266 of 28/3/2022 – is given in the following table:

The Peer schools send every year, and so it was in 2022, the so-called Model A to the regional school offices and then to the ministry. Far lower than the average student price, but still too high for the poor who already pay their taxes themselves for school.

It is therefore an equally public fact, seen in the eyes of all, that the equal schools are compelled to incur debt and close. The peer schools, in fact apparently those who, true to the foundation mandate, want to intercept all sections of society, from doorman to entrepreneur, have for years in a stubbornly heroic way tried to achieve what the state has. never done: guarantee a public service (public does not mean state, it must be remembered), for all citizens, without dividing society in two.

How are they trying to achieve the feat? Trying to keep the fees – as they are forced to ask – below the figure we started from. How is it possible? The Holy Ghost and the intercession of the Holy Founders help, but it is obviously not enough.

Perfect management that requires huge sacrifices, mortgages on properties, lower staff costs. Peer school teachers with the same qualifications have a lower salary than their colleagues in the state school. An Italian only paradox that has been solved in France. For years.

Yet even a perfect economy, even the greatest sacrifices, the most powerful intercession of the Saints, is often not sufficient results: Covid has also taken, unfortunately, to aggravate the situation further. Many schools are closed, many will do so soon. The highway leading to the state education monopoly is now almost completely covered: the exit to the “education monopoly” is very close.

What are the alternatives to reversing the itinerary and setting the navigator towards “Freedom of Education”? One of the two: o The leaders, already for the academic year 2023/2024, will have to request fees corresponding to the average student’s costs (€ 6.8733.99 for a student in kindergarten, (…) € 8.736.15 for a high school student), with the obvious consequence that adjectives will just become synonymous with elitist, or the state will have to intervene radically, not with subsidies or one-time contributions, but actually guarantees parents’ freedom to choose education and teach teachers.

Note: according to the first hypothesis, it will be necessary to see if the congregations, in order not to betray the foundation’s mandates, instead of becoming elitist, will give up the pedagogical activity in the school to devote themselves to other charitable activities: nuns and priests should not the poor dedicate themselves to the poor? When you think about it, is the image we like best of the religious world, not the little nun handing out soup to the poor on the street? Certainly not the nun who sits in the chair or takes care of a school’s budgets. The state takes care of the school. Well, the world of the religious is on its way to its own destiny: the religious to embroider, the religious to cultivate the garden and to produce digestive liqueurs. All useful, all beautiful: but the minds of the young will be at the mercy of the powerful on guard. It is good to repeat it: schools of the same age will close, an established and long-awaited fact of those who want the state as the sole leader of citizens’ education, and the state school will inevitably collapse, a) because it is unable to accommodate students and teachers in closed peer schools and b) because it will become self-referential by screwing itself into its own ills. What do you think?

If we worry about our future, if we think young people are our tomorrow, we will not miss the last train. The legislative instrument is there and so are the funds. We are in an emergency with a government of national unity born precisely with the intention of restarting the school, for all, in order to restart the country. The Government is obliged to issue the legislative decrees implementing Articles 1-2 of Act 32/2022 of the Family Act.

According to Article 47 of Law 79/2022, which provides for the allocation of funds from the National Reform Program to Combat School Dropouts, it is therefore necessary to provide funds for the most disadvantaged families so as to make it easier for them to access to public equivalent schools. their choice, intended as an important resource to support their children in a serious study and in an educational context of value, as required by Act 32/2022 – the Family Act under Articles 1 and 2.

Italy’s future goes through the school. That’s why school is everyone’s business, it’s ours.


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