MANTOVA – Students on the rise in high schools in Mantua, however, are in sharp decline from kindergarten to middle school. This is what came out today during the first call in the Palazzo di Bagno of the provincial consultative table for the preparation of the organizational plan of the network of educational institutions and the plan of the training offer for the year 2023/2024, which the province must present 31. October 2022 to the region for final approval.
Coordinated by the Vice President Massimiliano Gazzani, the table focuses on the analysis of the trend of the school population in the first and second cycle, that is to say from nursery school to high school.
Overall, the decline in student numbers over the next ten years will be significant.
In the next year 2022/2023, 50 autonomies will remain with 50,849 members of which 54,166 will participate in the first cycle and 15,683 in the second. To this must be added the students of the vocational training centers, which number 2494.
The average enrollment for autonomy is 1038 students (1034 for the first cycle and 1046 for the second.
In contrast to the school year that has just ended, the first cycle, ie primary and secondary school, will have 928 fewer pupils next year, starting in September (from 36,094 it goes down to 35,166). The only secondary school is that of Pegognaga with 598 pupils (the minimum level provided is 600 but an exception has been granted).
In high school (cycle 2) the trend is reversed: here the numbers increase by 510 pupils (+ 3.36%) and from 15,173 students to 15,683.
Sanfelice High School in Viadana is in marked decline, while Strozzi di Palidano (+27) is growing after years of decline in enrollment, allowing it to exceed the limit of 600 (in September it will have 617 students). For Strozzi among others, important news is on the way. The province is financing 350,000 euros from its own funds to start a mechatronics laboratory. From the 2023/24 school year in the Palidano dello Strozzi complex (where the post-earthquake recovery works of the villa are also underway for 11.5 million euros and where a naturalistic park is created thanks to 2 million euros received by the Palazzo of Bagno. with PNRR) an address in mechatronics is starting, a specialization in the great demand of local companies.
Slight decline in the city for Belfiore and Virgilio Lycée. Less than 40 students for Pitentino of Mantua while Mantegna still loses in the city 14. The trend is positive for the CFP which goes from 2393 to 2494 students. The high school with the highest enrollment in the entire province, 2,200, is Fermi, which is registering an increase of 150 enrollments for the next school year.
The Mantuan school population in the last 10 years has decreased by 5.49% (equal to 2954 fewer students): the first cycle lost 11.20% (-4434 students). In high school, the decline is not yet noticeable: here, if at all, there is an increase of 10.42% (1480 students) and the CFP jumps by 8.5% (+196 students).
Middle schools are currently stable and high schools will increase until 2024/2025 and then reverse the trend. “In 2026, the numbers should return to today’s, then the decline will start from 2027 – explains the province’s vice president Massimiliano Gazzani – so it makes no sense to build new complexes that will then be underused in a few years.”
“The teachers of the schools, which have unoccupied classrooms, have been asked to use them to accommodate the students of those institutions which instead have congestion problems. This is the case in Mantova del Vinci, very close to Fermi,” “In this regard, we have announced the availability and cooperation of the school principals.”
The meeting was chaired by Donatella Panizzi, Provincial Counselor in charge of Training and Work, Mantua, Guidizzolo, Asola, Ostiglia, Viadana and Suzzara, Administrators, Confindustria Mantua, Confartigianato Mantua, Coldiretti Mantua, Cgil Scuola Mantua visits. , Snals School Mantua, Aisam. Mantua Autonomous School Institutions Association, the head of CPIA Mantua, the managers of the institute including Dosolo-Pomponesco-Viadana and the Bonomi-Mazzolari Professional Institute of Mantua.