TRENTO. “We expect the resources to be included in the budget to confirm the Covid staff, but also funding to be able to guarantee the highest quality for Ukrainian students in Trentino.” To say that Cinzia Mazzacca, secretary of Flc CGIL, by drawing attention to the world of the school a little over a month after the start of classes. “It is necessary to anticipate the reinforcement, recovery and monitoring activities to care for and pay attention to the students”.
The epidemiological picture has worsened with an infection that appears to be increasing this July and is at the spring level. The incidence is very high in the provincial area: 825.95 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the week 4-10 July, 1,032.34 in the period 11-17 July and 863.39 between 18 and 24 July. A trend also reflected in admissions, although under control and below alert thresholds, admissions rose to 13% in the medical area and 2% in the intensive care area. With the fourth dose practically at a standstill, there is great concern about the drop.
And the school also starts planning for next year with the bells in September. “The data recorded in June exceeded the data from 2021, and therefore a lot of attention is needed – says Mazzacca – the request is to refinance the measure of the Covid staff. These are not very high numbers, but we are talking about sixty teachers and around forty school partners: people who enable better management of security protocols. The risk is that we will face the same problems, and therefore we must be ready and have solutions for all possible scenarios. The limit of classes should be confirmed at 25 students, which drops to 23 if there are any Bes, while up to 30 children in vocational training institutions: we need greater uniformity and reflection on the acquisition and improvement of specialized support teachers “.
For that reason, the trade union in via Muredei is also asking for investments in buildings. “There are some buildings that present important critical issues and where it is urgent to intervene or speed up remodeling projects, for example at the Academy of Arts or the Pertini Institute. However, I am also thinking about mechanical ventilation systems that will increase safety even in the Covid key . Many of these interventions – emphasizes the secretary of FLC Cgil – they draw resources through the activation of the PNRR, but the fall of the Draghi government creates some more uncertainty“.
At the beginning of the year, there was Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine. And the reception system has been set in motion to handle this emergency as well. Naturally, there was also an effort from the institutes. During the last few months, some students have remote connection with their country of origin, others have attended classes in Trentino, and several students have returned to Ukrainian soil. Today, they are at the forefront of inclusion and school integration a total of 271 registrations for the next school year 2022/2023 planned for Ukrainian students who arrived in Trentino from March 2022 (specifically 152 enrolled in primary school, 81 in middle school, 31 in upper secondary school, 7 in vocational training).
“At the moment – says the secretary of Flc CGIL – there are only some general indications. Institutions and staff are always available, but it is clear that this is an additional need. We need answers and resources in the form of funding and human capital to be able to cope with a situation that is, however, complex: there are particular and delicate situations, as well as the language barrier that must be overcome to integrate these young people and interact profitably. The reception on the model of Ukrainian students must be established for all children and young people fleeing other wars and humanitarian emergencies by planning, anticipating and financing the necessary interventions. Politics in general should be able to see all possibilities, that is its task. We hope to receive updates soon because September is already close.”
Meanwhile, it is a recruitment period for the institutes. THAT regular competitions (called at national level) for upper secondary and upper secondary level does not solve the problems, but provides an opportunity to provide some answers to teachers’ needs. The procedures have come to a standstill in about forty professorships in high school mathematics and Italian, history and geography in middle school. There have been some appeals and some quizzes have turned out to be wrong, so the ministry has stopped everything and Trentino has been unable to do anything else.
Now there is a need to download and update the results of the writings, download any oral exams and recalculate the rankings. “The times are likely to be long. And – continues Mazzacca – appeals cannot be ruled out even from those teachers who are ready to sign the permanent contract and become ‘unsuitable’ due to a ministerial error”. And Pat reorganizes himself accordingly as he prepares the overall ranking of support teachers. “It is a national measure implemented by Piazza Dante with a change and inclusion of the criterion of at least 3 years of service: an intervention that is unnecessarily detrimental to access requirements because it will lead to the stabilization of fewer specialized staff. In any case, the department’s promise is to be ready by mid-August”.
So go ahead at specific times for hundreds of professorships. “Secretarial staff and Ata must be added. A problem that we have pointed out several times is that the staff in the provincial offices is severely understaffed and so much cannot accelerate. Councilor Bisesti – explains Mazzacca – should be the initiator of these difficulties in the council in order to be able to intervene in a structural way, but we can navigate on sight”.
A note is then off sector contract and in this case too, the fall of the Draghi government risks creating more than a few uncertainties. “The competence is national, and after the two general strikes between December and March, a negotiation was initiated that ended with the crisis of the executive power. At the provincial level, however, we are active for a renewal of the agreement regarding Ata staff, auxiliary educators, childhood and vocational education” .
This game is expected to be unlocked in September. “We hadn’t signed anything in Apran – emphasizes Mazzacca – because we have stopped believing in the province’s promises: the resources are allocated in budget adjustment, relate to public employment in general and we expect an important treatment for the school. Next month’s appointment is important: expectations are for +5% salary and then payment of arrears and career progress“.
In recent hours it has been presented a mechanism to promote professional recognition of Trentino school teachers: this is the goal that the Ministry of Education is aiming for. With regard to the proposal for the professional strengthening of teachers, CGIL is not against a clear ‘no’, but believes that there are critical issues that must be discussed and dealt with together with the union.
“Any career progression mechanism must in any case be defined in the contract of employment and maintain the automaticity of financial progressions by seniority. In addition to the regulatory aspect, resources must also be set aside to recognize new professional profiles to ensure reductions in hours and financial incentives. It is clear that a change of this magnitude cannot be made without costs”.
The trade union believes that it is positive that the project has identified recognition criteria linked to didacticby action researchby educationto guidance of newly hired teachers. However, he does not agree with the choice of permanent positions that will not allow for rotation or access to new functions for all teachers who acquire the prerequisites.
Then there is the knot tied to the objectivity of the evaluation criteria. “The choice of the public competition, with evaluation of the professional qualifications obtained in working life, of course provides greater guarantees for impartiality in the evaluation, but it is necessary to carefully define the types of tests and the procedures for reducing the commissions. It is also necessary to ensure universal access. We are not a priori opposed to mechanisms that promote training and recognition of teachers’ professional path and experience. However, it seems inappropriate to address this issue now that the entire school staff is awaiting contract renewal as of 2018. The priority must be above all. Those who work in schools, like all other workers, are weakened by the high cost of living and by the ever-increasing inflation. A situation made even more complex by salaries that have been inactive for too long. There is a real wage crisis and contracts that have been held since 2018 must first be renewed: Councilor Bisesti must concentrate on these aspects“, concludes Mazzacca.