The press conference at City Hall (Photo Alessandro Tich)
The subject is one that cannot be missed from the humble chronicler’s notebook, as its relevance to the much-discussed future of the Mazzini school is implicit. But Mazzini, or “il” Mazzini as they say, is just one aspect, no matter how important, of a problem that concerns the management of the school system in the city.
The problem of denality is known and certainly not from now on and it so happens that Istat also published today the report on the demographic dynamics of 2021 in Italy, with a new negative record for births: -31% compared to 2008. But it is a fact that also needs confirmation at the local level and like any self-respecting statistical study, the document presented on the occasion of the municipality of Bassano is a jumble of data, diagrams, graphs and above all numbers.
I therefore try to extrapolate the most significant.
The first fact is that in Bassano, between the primary and secondary schools, there are 18 institutes. 13 of them are primary schools, of which 5 with different sections and 8 with one section. Out of the 5 middle schools present in the commune, 4 have different sections, while one, the DC Gnocchi di Marchesane, has only one section.
The offer, so to speak, is thus widespread in the territory also because a good part of the primary schools are “neighborhood schools”. But some more, and some less, suffer tirelessly from the decline in enrollment. The problem concerns the middle schools, which are also attractive for families in the neighboring municipalities: 32% of the pupils come from outside Bassano.
The most significant decline in enrollment concerns Comprehensive Institute 1, which includes the Mazini, A. Campesano, and G. Giardino primary schools. Out of the 34 total classes that worked in the school year 2011/2012, 23 remain today, corresponding to -23.36% of the number of students. Negative percentage which increases to -28.97% compared to the school year 2015/16. Ten years ago, Mazzini had mainly 10 classes and in the current school year 5. In ten years, G. Giardino has also dropped sharply (from 14 classes to 9). The decline in Campesano is more contained, having lost only one class compared to ten years ago. The other two Comprehensive Institutes “hold” relatively better: n. 2 (Don Cremona, A. Canova and G. Marconi schools) experienced a 11.03% decline in enrollment in ten years, while no. 3 (Schools G. Pascoli, CCV April, Pope John XIII, S. Francesco d’Assisi, IV November, A. Gabelli and G. Merlo) goes against the trend with a + 3.57% compared to ten years ago.
For each school, the study presents the percentage of students living in Bassano, those of other municipalities and foreign students, together with the average number of students per class of the school year 2010/2011 to date. At the moment, the biggest criticism concerns the primary school S. Francesco d’Assisi in Rondò Brenta (50% of foreign students) who at the next school year risks not having the first class: there are currently 11 pre-enrollments compared to 15 students as a minimum to form a class.
From now until next autumn, the situation may of course change, but this is the current state of affairs. The same goes for the middle school DC Gnocchi di Marchesane, with a single section: the pre-enrollments for the first class are currently only 7 and next year the institute risks running only the 2nd and 3rd classes .
The biggest concerns, however, lie in a broader perspective.
The scheme of the statistical study concerning children living in Bassano del Grappa by year of birth and district of residence is a demographic example of Downhill.
Compared to the 418 children born in Bassano, born in 2006 and the 428 born in 2008, the “peak” year of births in the city, those born in 2021 in total 247, on the negative peak of a steady decline Trend across the city. last 13 years.
If this demographic trend continues in the coming years – not due to current external circumstances, such as the arrival of new foreign children in the city – the forecast for the primary cycle predicts a general decline, par. report to the current school year, 17 classes and 309 enrolled in the school year 2026/27. As far as Cycle 1. Secondary is concerned, on the other hand, in 2026/27 a negative difference of 5 classes and 87 pupils is expected.
“This study – commented Councilor Scotton – puts our photography from the last ten years into a film for the future.”
And it is a future, as Mayor Pavan emphasized at a press conference, which now clearly represents the prospects of the Mazzini school.
“Today, I sent the response to the petition with 500 signatures from Bassano City Council to All Erica Fontana for the opening of Mazzini – says the mayor – it is essential to consider the numbers, the demographic decline is objective and Mazzini’s building dates from the early 1900s, is monumentally bound and it is difficult to adapt its places to the current needs of the school world. It needs from 6 to 8 million to renovate a school. Is it worth fixing it by using the whole school building budget? ”.
“If we restructure Mazzini as a school, we can only do that through resources from the community budget – says Pavan.” that would be unthinkable by Mazzini.The administration takes care of the children, their education and training.Vittorelli has rich places, it still has rooms available, it has a gym and we are creating a passage to the Parolini Gardens for the School Outdoor Workshops. “We understand that there is a sentimental bond to this property – adds the mayor once again with reference to Mazzini -. But the petition is not the answer to a complex problem that requires us to reflect on the whole system of primary and secondary schools. We want to start a participatory process about the future of Mazzini, because Mazzini is loved by everyone. Therefore, we want to share the way about what fate will be for Mazzini and what they put into it, and the place to do that is the Council Committee.
Possible ideas in this regard are not lacking and Elena Pavan lacks a few: Mazzini as the future seat of an ITS, a system of post-graduate courses for highly qualified technical training required by companies, or even “university courses or a conservatory”.
One thing, in this whirlwind of hypotheses, which is still barely hinted at, seems certain: The reopening of the primary school Giuseppe Mazzini as a primary school will not take place.
As we will also understand in the next article.