Giannelli (ANP): give schools the right to hire, competitions do not vote. Yes to teacher training [INTERVISTA]

We have to decide which teacher and school we want for our country. If we want teachers with certain prerequisites, then we have to select them carefully and pursue them over time with a continuous education. If this does not interest us, then it means that the drawing of lots is also good “.

The president of the National Association of Principals, Antonello Giannelli, is caustic. Like all the others, he was waiting for the publication of a dpcm to know the details of the new recruitment and training system for teachers, with which the guidelines in the Legislative Decree of 1 May last put into practice and which the teachers in fibrillation and their unions.

And yet, the decree in question presents content that, according to the president of the NPC, is “elements of dubious interest”.

Among the strongest positive innovations, “he explains in a press release,” I want to point to the introduction of a university and academic course of early education and qualification, which must demonstrate the ability of teachers to adapt to flexible education courses. design “. to promote students ‘skills and talents in the school context, to promote critical and conscious learning and the acquisition of students’ skills. Another element that Giannelli positively evaluated is “that the training of teachers must be continuous and compulsory, carried out outside the lessons, in continuation of the initial, according to an integrated system that aims at new teaching methods, linguistic and digital. Skills to bring. “.

President Antonello Giannelli, are there then two good things in this decree that discuss the school world?

“I notice some positive elements, other issues need to be examined. And then we wait for the dpcm issue to know the details. As for the positive elements, it is mainly that of paying attention to the recruitment of teachers who are able to motivate the students. The motivation of the students is the main reason for the school system, because we are not motivating them at the moment. It is therefore necessary to change the didactic approach. And it is good that this question is mentioned in the decree. As far as education is concerned, I am of the opinion that the alignment of the high school with that of the primary school is positive. After that, all other judgments must be suspended until the issue of dpcm “.

On the other hand, he does not agree with the centralized management of the competitions

“People want to continue to run competitions centrally, at regional or interregional level, following a model that has always proved unsuccessful, rather than attributing competence to educational institutions. For some time now we have been asking for a change in recruitment in this sense , but from this point of life we ​​see no news.Competitions are an aspect that can be criticized.I insist: the system of central management of the competitions has proved to be a failure because it is not possible to control the numbers. Every year about 30,000 teachers retire, but then you can not make a contest for 30,000 new employees, or at least you can not guarantee that every year there will be a contest for 30,000 employees and actually have a growing temporary job , we arrived at over 200,000 alternatives. we do not worry about selecting professionals who have the right motivation. It is about choosing people who are capable of motivating students and instead we select them based on what they have learned.

What is the alternative?

“The alternative is to attribute the recruitment faculties to the schools. This is not to say that competitions are not going well, but competitions are needed that are different from what they were before. We can not continue like this because it is a mistake. Competitions are based on multiple choice selections. We have to decide which teacher we want: if we want teachers with certain prerequisites, then we have to select them carefully and pursue them continuously with the training. If that does not interest us, well, then it means that drawing lots is also good.On the other hand, I believe that the quality of education should be of interest to everyone.Education is one of the fundamental aspects of the country.I hope dpcm meets the needs of school, but I want to be clear: the percentage of GDP dedicated to schools since the last def is not enough. Ace countries are at 5 percent of GDP, with peaks of 8 and 9 percent in northern European countries. If politicians believe in what they say, that is to say in the fact that education is important for relaunching the country, then they need to increase investment. Because it’s not an expense, it’s an investment. “

How does the school recover from the pandemic?

“With a sense of confidence in the future. There are contingent decisions that are questionable, in relation to the management of unvaccinated teachers who come to class after April 30. Let us say that some decisions are different. Timing deserves to ensure clearer needs management.Even way we get out, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.We would like to consider a school more of politics, but that is not the case. ‘Politicians have heard that the school is fundamental, I think the percentage of spending compared to the GDP that the def reserved for the school is disappointing’.

What, if any, more resources would they serve, in your opinion?

“To the school buildings, above all because the funding of the NRP school buildings is not enough. In addition, staff, both teachers and ATA staff, need to be retrained. There are many Ata employees who do not know how to do their job, besides those who know how to do it well and who are involved in new tasks. That, for example, school collaborators can work in secretariats and then not know how to make loans, accounts, social security or career reconstructions … that’s not good. I repeat: I do not mind a school worker being able to go as an administrative assistant. But he has to prove that he knows how to do it. And I am thinking, of course, of adjusting the salaries of all staff. For those who work hard, the current pay is shockingly not enough. There are different commitments and everyone has to receive a salary that takes into account the different commitments that the school provides. I do not expect all teachers to stay in school all day, but if anyone does, it should be paid for, because they are doing so now out of a missionary spirit. So more payroll and of course an increase in the general pay for everyone “.

Let us return to the decree: a new system of continuous teacher training is emerging, which worries those interested and angeres the unions.

“I have always believed that training is important and that it must be carried out outside of working hours, as provided for in the school’s national collective agreement. And I remember that training and updating are not included in the 40 plus 40 hours.

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