Half of foreign students leave school – Chronicle

Prato black shirt for school dropout. A lab city at the helm for the problems of integration and aid in the study of strange students who are now asking for help from the ministry. Achielle Heel of the Prato school who with its unique power can not cope with extraordinary numbers, so much so that it is the first province in Italy for the percentage of students with foreign citizenship – 28%, against a national average of 10, 3% -: a figure that strongly influences the early school leaving time. Prato is also the Italian province with the highest percentage of early school leavers (49.5% versus 35.4% in Italy), but it also holds the black jersey for the scores of the Invalsi eighth-grade tests, data due in the presence of the large number of foreign students, 28% of the school population who are struggling to learn the language.

Conversely, the percentage of Italian children who do not finish high school is 10%, in line with the national number, while the scores of fifth-year students (when the percentage of foreign students is radically reduced by early exit) and the invalsi tests are the highest in the whole region. The Prato Project, presented to the Ministry, is tailored to the needs of the city and provides for the creation of 10 more classes, distributed across all orders and degrees, with fewer students and more ATA staff. The project aims to reduce the rate of early school exchanges among non-Italian students; to improve the learning of the Italian language and to experiment with a multilingual approach (Italian – English – Chinese). The first action takes the form of training and support suitable classrooms for each arrival promptly welcomed throughout the year and facilitates the acquisition of language skills of students. “The large number of school dropouts in Prato depends mainly on Chinese students,” said Stefano Pollini, president of Rispo, the school’s network. “At the same time, the migration phenomenon slowed down by the pandemic is recurring: it is essential to prepare a dozen additional classes to enable foreign students who have already started after the school year. To those, the project plans on at least 60 classes for language improvement.

According to a recent survey, foreign students do not reach the B1 level of knowledge of Italian, so when compulsory education is over, they often lose track, unlike Italians, who are absorbed in other training circles. “Unfortunately, the information we have received so far from Rome is that we are reaffirming the staff of recent years,” commented Francesco Puggelli. “This makes us bitter and lies in the fact that certain criteria for assessing needs are met, depending on the number of institutions. Priority will be given to territories that have not worked over the years, as we in Prato “to create large. and functional institutions instead of fragmentation in small schools”.

Characteristics that make the Prato school a uniqueness that can not be ignored: “The observatory proposed to us by the Prato project – adds the Councilor for the Education of the Municipality of Ilaria Santi – is the synthesis From what the city has been doing for years, I would like to highlight how this area has long drawn attention to the subject of school staff, both teachers and collaborators: We are understaffed precisely because of the unique situation that d ‘Prato school differs from that of the rest of Italy.- Prato is because it is over the years that the schools have been able to function despite these critical issues’.

Silvia Bini

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