The school in September will have to restart with “all students in the classroom and safely”. The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi confirms his intention: “To have all the students in attendance, even those from high school. And to do this, our first problem is to guarantee safety”. “The school today needs certainties and we are working for this. With the support decree we have already given 150 million to schools for health security. Now, in agreement with General Figliuolo, we are restarting vaccinations for all school staff : we are at 70%, in September we will have all vaccinated “, he said in an interview with Repubblica. He also agrees with the vaccine for adolescents, he explains: “I have been insisting on this for a long time and, now that the pharmaceutical companies are in the final stages of testing, if it is successful, I hope we start quickly with the boys”. And then “We are working with the ministers Gelmini, Lamorgese and Giovannini, with the Regions and local authorities, together with the Prefects’ tables to organize the management of transport also with respect to school entry and exit times”. It will be necessary to have all the teachers in the chair, but there are over 200 thousand precarious teachers. “I do not intend to make amends – clarifies the Minister – My goal is to arrive at a full system with annual competitions. We are concluding the extraordinary competition and as soon as possible we will start the two ordinary teachers already banned. In the next decade 28-30 thousand teachers will retire. per year and will have to be replaced with permanent hires. On the temporary workers we must take into account the different situations: those with specializations, those who have already passed competitions, those who have many years of service. We will pay attention to people, recognizing their professional experiences, and to the needs of the students, to guarantee their didactic continuity “. “We are working with the Presidency of the Council and with the Ministry of Economy to anticipate the times to ensure a restart in September with solutions appropriate to the country – he adds – The reduction in the number of students per class is part of a new design of the school system on which we are working and which we have already foreseen in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The so-called chicken coop classes concern in particular the high schools of large urban centers. In inland and mountain areas we have the opposite problem: not being able to compose classes because the number of students is decreasing due to the lower birth rate. In any case, we will move towards progressively reduced classes as early as next year. In fact, I remember that for September we confirmed the staff of teachers, even in the face of a reduction in the number of students. Indeed, we will have six thousand more teachers among teachers In addition, we have already allocated one billion and 125 million to the provinces to intervene on construction and safety of high schools “. “The recovery must be both of skills and of sociability and this will be dedicated all next year starting from the summer. Our bridge project, from the summer towards the new beginning – concludes Bianchi – has resources for 510 million 150 of which are distributed among all schools, 320 of Pon funds dedicated in particular to the South and 40 of projects on educational poverty. 2,500 institutes have already begun the procedures to access these funds. It is proof of the great commitment that the world of education has and is putting in the time of the pandemic. From September 1st the schools will be open for the welcome phase. Establishing the start date of the lessons is a task of the Regions and I hope that a shared date will be reached between 10 and September 15 “.
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