TRENTO. “We expect the resources included in the budget to confirm the Covid staff, but also the funding to guarantee the highest quality to Ukrainian students in Trentino.” To say it Cinzia Mazzacca, Secretary of the Flc CGIL, at a point in the world of school just over a month after the start of lessons. “It is necessary to anticipate reinforcement, recovery and monitoring activities to care for and pay attention to students.”
The epidemiological picture has worsened with a contagion increasing in this month of July and reaching spring levels. The incidence is very high in the provincial territory: 825.95 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the week 4-10 July, 1,032.34 in the period 11-17 July and 863.39 between 18 and 24 July. A trend that is also reflected in hospitalizations, although under control and under alert thresholds, admissions have increased to 13% in the medical field and 2% in intensive care. With the fourth dose practically standing still, there is a lot of concern for the fall.
And the school also starts planning next year with the bells in September. “The data recorded in June exceeded that of 2021 and therefore a lot of attention is needed – says Mazzacca – the request is to refinance the covid staff measure. These are not very high numbers, but it is about sixty teachers and around forty school collaborators: People who enable better management of security protocols. The risk is that we have to face the same problems and therefore we have to be ready and have solutions for all possible scenarios. The limit of the classes should be confirmed at 25 students, which falls to 23 if there is Bes, while up to 30 children in the vocational institutes: we need more uniformity and reflection on the acquisition and increase of specialized teachers .
For this reason, the union is also asking for investments in via Muredei Buildings. “There are some buildings that present important critical issues and for which it is urgent to intervene or speed up renovation projects, for example in the Art High School or the Pertini Institute. However, I am also thinking of mechanical ventilation systems that increase safety. even in the covid key. Many of these interventions – Highlight the secretary of the Flc Cgil – they draw resources by activating the PNRR but the fall of the Draghi government creates a little more uncertainty“.
At the beginning of the year there was the military aggression of Russia in Ukraine. And the reception has been set up to deal with that emergency as well. Of course, there was also an effort by the institutions. In recent months, some students have connected with their country of origin remotely, others have attended classes in Trentino and some students have returned to Ukrainian soil. Today, they are at the forefront of inclusion and school integration a total of 271 registrations for the next school year 2022/2023 planned for Ukrainian students who arrived in Trentino from March 2022 (specifically, 152 enrolled in primary school, 81 in middle school, 31 in high school, 7 in vocational training).
“At the moment – says the secretary of the Flc CGIL – there are only a few general indications. Institutions and staff are always available, but it is clear that this is an additional need. We need answers and resources in terms of funding and human capital to face a situation that is complex: there are especially delicate situations, as well as overcoming the language barrier, in order to integrate the young and interact beneficially. The reception on the model of Ukrainian students must be set up for all children and adolescents fleeing other wars and humanitarian emergency situations by planning, predicting and financing the necessary interventions. Politics should generally anticipate all possibilities, that is its task. We hope to get updates soon as September is already closed.
Meanwhile, it is a period of recruitment for the institutes. THE ordinary competitions (called at the national level) for the first and second high schools do not solve the problems, but allow to give some answers to the needs of the teachers. The proceedings have been stopped for about forty teachers in high school mathematics and Italian, History and Geography in Middle School. There were some appeals and some quizzes turned out to be wrong, so the ministry stopped everything and Trentino couldn’t do otherwise.
Now it is necessary to retrieve and update the results of the writings, retrieve all oral exams and recalculate the ranking. “The times will probably be long. And – continues Mazzacca – the appeal cannot be ruled out even by those teachers who are ready to sign the permanent contract and become ‘unsuitable’ due to a ministerial error”. And Pat reorganizes accordingly in preparing the unified ranking for support professors. “It is a national measure implemented by Piazza Dante with a change in the inclusion of the criterion of at least 3 years of service: an intervention that is unnecessarily detrimental to access requirements as it leads to the stabilization of less specialized personnel. In any case, the department’s promise is to be finished by mid-August.
Then go ahead at certain times for hundreds of professors. “Secretariat staff and Ata must be added. One problem that we have pointed out several times is that the staff of the provincial offices is severely understaffed and this cannot be accelerated. The councilor Bisesti – explains Mazzacca – should be the promoter of these difficulties in the council, to be able to intervene structurally, but we can navigate in sight”.
A node is then that of Sector contract and even in this case, the case of the Draghi government risks creating more than a few uncertainties. “The competence is national and after the two general strikes between December and March, a negotiation was started, which ended with the crisis of the executive. At the provincial level, however, we are active for the renewal of the agreement on the Ata- Staff, the educational assistants. , childhood and vocational training”.
This game is expected to open in September. “We had not signed anything in the apron – emphasizes Mazzacca – because we no longer believe in the promises of the province: the resources were approved in the budget adjustment, concern the jobs in general and we expect an important treatment for the school. Next month’s appointment is important: Expectations are for +5% Salary and then the remuneration of the remuneration and the career advancement“.
In the last few hours it has been presented a mechanism to promote professional recognition of Trentino school teachers: this is the goal that the Ministry of Education is aiming for. Regarding the proposal for the professional development of teachers, the CGIL does not oppose a clear no, but believes that there are critical issues that must be discussed and dealt with together with the union.
“Any career progression mechanism must in any case be defined in the employment contract and preserve the automatism of economic progression through seniority. In addition to the regulatory aspect, resources must also be allocated to recognize new professional profiles for hours and to provide economic incentives. It is clear that a change of this magnitude cannot be made without costs”.
The union believes it is positive that the project has identified recognition criteria associated with it didacticon the Action researchon the Trainingto the Tutoring of newly hired teachers. However, he does not agree with the choice of permanent posts, which do not allow rotation or access to new functions for all teachers who maintain the requisites.
Then there is the knot connected with the objectivity of the evaluation criteria. “The choice of the public competition, with the evaluation of the professional qualifications in the professional life, certainly gives more guarantees of impartiality in the evaluation, but it is necessary to carefully consider the types of tests and the procedures for the establishment of the commissions It is also necessary to ensure the universality of access. We are not a priori against mechanisms that favor the training and recognition of the professional path and experience of teachers. However, it does not seem appropriate to address this question now, when from 2018 all the school staff are waiting for the contract to be renewed. The priority must be above all. Those who work in schools, like all other workers, are weakened by the high cost of living and by the increasing inflation. A situation that became even more complicated due to the salaries that were inactive for too long. There is a real wage emergency and contracts held since 2018 need to be renewed first: The councilor Bisesti must focus on these aspects“, concludes Mazzacca.