First bell of the new school year for most of the schools in Rome and Lazio. An advance of three days compared to the official calendar drawn up by the Lazio Region, in order to recover the stop days imposed by the political elections of 25 September, by the regional elections at the beginning of 2023 and in some cases to guarantee some bridges between All Saints, Immaculate Conception and Liberation. In our region, 702,780 pupils and pupils from infancy to high school return to the benches of state institutes. High schools like Newton, Aristophanes and Visconti anticipated 12, Mamiani 13, Tasso divided between two and three years on 12 and 13 September. Virtually everyone will have a reduced hours at least until 24 September with days of 4, maximum 5 hours.
The numbers of back to school in Rome and Lazio
The more than 700,000 pupils that characterize the return to school in Rome and Lazio are divided into 34,270 classes, which means 20.5 students for each classroom. Of these, about 4% are disabled, so just under 30,000 across the region. As reported by the website of the ministry of education, there are 74,881 pupils in kindergarten, 219,170 in elementary school, 152,170 in middle school and 256,212 in high school. For the latter there are 11,706 classes available, so almost 22 between girls and boys for each classroom. The data confirm, also for this year 2022/2023, a great predominance of students enrolled in high schools: 163,368 against 64,922 for technicians and 27,922 for professionals.
Recruitment in teaching staff and ATA
Among the main criticalities of this return to school in Rome and Lazio is the lack of teaching staff and Ata, the so-called “janitors”. In Lazio, as of 7 September, 868 ATAs (administrative technical assistants) had been hired for an indefinite period. According to what has been declared by trade unions such as the Uil Scuola and by the principals association on several occasions, it is not a sufficient number. Also because on many occasions the janitors are moved to the offices of the secretariat, to overcome the shortage of administrative staff, taking the leave of their main role and not adequately replaced. There were 2,987 teachers hired on permanent contracts as of 7 September, those with fixed-term contracts 2,784 while those called through the GPS ranking, according to article 59 paragraph 4, were 234. In total 6,005 entries throughout the region. The principals are still missing. In Rome alone there are 48 institutes that will be directed by a regent, that is, by the principal of another school who will share in the management of the complexes. In total 78 throughout Lazio. Alarm also for the DSGA, the director of general administrative services. An apical figure, as important if not more important than the head teacher. According to information provided by Cristina Costarelli of Anp Lazio and Saverio Pantuso of Uil Scuola, about 30% of the institutions do not have this figure, 180 fewer units in the metropolitan area of Rome alone.
In Rome there is a lack of principals and teachers
The sit-in of the students and the requests to politics
New school year, new mobilizations. Several Roman institutes met on Sunday 11 September after 19.30 in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Education, summoned by the Network of middle students and the university union, to ask politics for a change of pace in the approach to the issues that concern them. The demonstration is characterized by a “hundred” in large letters, indicating the number of requests that will be included in a manifesto launched on 12 September. “Right to study, environment, mental health, work and safe meeting spaces – reads the press release -. This is the content of the manifesto: students ask for 5% of GDP in education, free Psychological Assistance Counters, the abolition of the PCTO (the former school-work alternation), the total free urban and extra-urban public transport for students and the abolition of university taxation. Just some of the 100 proposals that are launched towards a better future for the new generations “.