The school, the great forgotten by the election campaign

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Mario Pierro

A little over a month after returning to class, the school continues to be on the back foot of the election campaign. There is no mention of the safety rules to be observed in the third year of the pandemic; forgotten is the need to divide the classes and adapt the school building as needed, at least from 2020; funds are still lacking for the renewal of the staff contract, effectively suspended despite the huge resources allocated by the “Pnrr” to construction and only a part of the higher technical institutes (“ITS”); there is no mention of didactics and cultural experiments that are not linked to the idea of ​​the school as a temporary agency and training for precarious work.

THEY ARE ELEMENTS it appears from the survey conducted by the Future Observatory for CGIL on a sample of two thousand people. According to most of the survey participants, Covid preventive measures should not be abandoned. One in three believes that sanitation interventions in school environments are necessary, followed by dividing classes (17% of the sample, but well over one in three teachers), holding lessons in larger or external locations (17%) and respecting safety distances. Only 15% of the sample would not take action. “Those who work in schools are asking for the same things, starting with school leaders who are rightly demanding the Covid staff – says Francesco Sinopoli (FLC CGIL) – The reality is that the government has no idea how to deal with the next school year. The problems that emerge from the answers are the same as in these years of pandemic, which, however, have not been effectively answered by the latest budget law”.

THE STATE OF THE DEBATE about these school issues it is confusing. It was already like this before the end of the Draghi government, which decided to extinguish the pandemic by decree without apparently succeeding. It is not clear whether, from September, teachers, students and administrative staff will have to wear masks in and out of the classroom, and whether they will have to respect special rules regarding common spaces and ventilation systems. There are no new rules that change the maximum number of students per grade. Hard to find is the data on the new classrooms built in the meantime to ensure the distance. At the moment, the ongoing consultations between the health authorities, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health have been postponed. The indications may come close to the reopening, with the risk of sending the whole system into the lead again, in full election campaign. This possibility may be increased in case of new waves of Covid (the “Centaurus” variant) from the autumn. The law remains the same: the school? Do it.

TO “ORGANIZE” they will always be the teachers. A countertrend data appears from the Observatory Futura study. Teachers are recognized as having a crucial role in the development and education of children and young people in primary school and at all school levels. An important orientation that needs to be appreciated as father years have had damaging effects on students’ psyches and relationships. “These flattering judgments do not amount to a recognition of their social value and, consequently, an appropriate remuneration” notes Sinopoli (FLC CGIL).

ANOTHER VOTE of the magazine “La Tecnica della scuola” about the precarious workers interviewed among the more than 2 thousand teachers, the request arose for the introduction of the “double channel” (re) to put qualified people with at least 36 months of service in role. Among tenured teachers, it is claimed that the discriminating factor is “active training practice” (“Tfa”) and the competitions must be serious, not risky quizzes. At the last competition, there was actually talk of a “massacre of candidates” also caused by unbridled visionism and many wrong questions from the Ministry of Education.

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