One million two hundred thousand, about. Although the CTS has somewhat shortened the safety distances that students will have to keep in class from 14 September thanks to the redefinition of the calculation based on the buccal rhymes, there are still many children and young people who need to be relocated and placed in the next two months and a half. Who are the students who do not have a place in the classroom? The data of the Miur’s dashboard, according to which the Minister Azzolina has done the math, are keptiti password to the ministry.But a map can be made. The principals have already raised the alarm: they fear that we will end up, precisely on the basis of the availability of the spaces, to have schools of Serie A and schools of Serie B, that is forced to reduce time at school, to resort to distance teaching, in short, to get by.
The small regions
There are small regions such as Molise, Basilicata and Valle d’Aosta, where there should be fewer problems. Unlike the metropolitan areas, in particular Milan and Rome, Florence and Bologna, although cases are reported in Urbino, in Tuscany, in Varese.
School 2020, the guidelines for September: we return on the 14th (but with a cold you will have to stay at home)
School, the guidelines: there is no room for 1.2 million students
Problems in Rome and Milan
This year the 40 thousand school buildings housed 7.5 million pupils aged between three and 19 years, divided into just under 370 thousand classes: 20.5 per classroom on average, but with enormous differences depending on the type of school and the region. In elementary school, one class out of 5 (double in regions such as Molise) would already be in good standing since it has less than 15 pupils, while in high school, where the number of students increased, one class out of 5 (one out of 4 in Lombardy) has more than 25 students, with peaks even over 30. In Lazio we have difficulties in about 150 schools – explains Mario Rusconi, president of the regional union of principals – and the Metropolitan City has not yet let us know anything about the possibility of finding additional spaces. In one of the scientific high schools in the capital, Newton, about a third of the students are currently too many, it would take twenty-thirty more classrooms to be able to accommodate everyone. The Cinema di Roma circuit that proposed to make the theaters available: it has 26 in all to offer.
The demographic decline
Prime Minister Conte and Minister Azzolina, presenting the guidelines, said they never want chicken coop classes ever again. But with the anti-Covid rules, even a 20 can be too numerous. It is true that in the last five years the school has lost almost 300 thousand pupils and there are 3000 abandoned school buildings where to recover spaces, as the Minister Azzolina promises. But not necessarily that they are where they are needed. In regions such as Calabria, Campania and Sardinia, 80 percent of elementary classes have fewer than 22 pupils, while in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany the sections to be divided are at least 40 percent.
Much worse goes to high school since, despite repeated grillini proclamations, no one has yet gotten to grips with the norm passed at the time of Minister Gelmini which sets a minimum number of 27 students for the first classes, precisely in the year of transition which always indicates the more dropouts. For teenagers to attend safely in September, about thirty thousand classes would have to be divided. Too bad that just a few days ago at the classical high school of Montalto in the Marche it was not possible to form an extra first because it only had 18 pupils.
The paradox of the cut classes
As if that were not enough, from Milan to Rome there are dozens of high schools and technical and professional institutes that in recent weeks have seen the delivery of class cutting measures in the transition from two years to three years. Explains Roberta Fantinato, principal of the Minghetti high school in Bologna: The staff were assigned to us as if there had been no Covid emergency. With the further paradox that nobody has been rejected this year. Without the usual “shearing” of the classes at the end of the first two years, the third ones are much more crowded than usual.
The Marche case
There are regions like the Marches where some schools have more than thirty pupils in the same classroom for the whole course of high school, with peaks up to 42. In Milan, eight colleges are involved in the mergers. In Varese, the students of the Manzoni high school went even worse: they protested the choice to divide a second of 19 pupils. The principal explained that this has already gone well because only one class has been cut this year and in return the school has obtained to have one more first.
June 28, 2020 (change June 28, 2020 | 10:05)
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