Azzolina to Fanpage.it: “We offer five years of middle school and higher salaries for teachers”

Political elections of 25 September 2022 in Italy

A career for teachers, salary increases and a reform of school cycles. Lucia Azzolina, former Minister of Education, explains in an interview with Fanpage.it the proposals of her party to reform the school.

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Political elections of 25 September 2022 in Italy

To reform the school, many elements need to be radically rethought, starting with career opportunities: “Today in the school there is no possibility of Do career, or you are a teacher or a school principal. Unfortunately, this distances many young people from the desire, and from the possibility, of becoming teachers“. He says so Lucia Azzolinaformer Minister of Education, in an interview with Fanpage.it.

Azzolina left the 5-star Movement a few months ago and today she is a candidate with Civic engagement, the list of Luigi Di Maio in the center-left coalition. The proposal on the school is “that of middle management: to ensure that the figures who exist today in the school, who are the first collaborators of school managers, who perform instrumental functions, are recognized from a legal and economic point of view“.

In general you have to raise wages of teachers, says Azzolina: “The teachers Italians are the lowest paid in Europe. When I was minister we had put in two billion euros for public employment, but the teachers have not yet seen a euro because the national contract has not been updated“.

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From the point of view of the students, however, it is necessary “a serious one reform of school cycles. Today a 13-year-old boy has to choose upper secondary school, but it’s early. There is school dropout, in that passage“. The civic engagement proposal is”extend the lower secondary school with a single two-year period, The same for everyone. So that at 16 you can choose what to do for the next three years. This would help eliminate much of the early school leaving“.

Azzolina was the Minister of Education in the hardest period of the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, she says, “the school has to prepare for what could happen in the autumn and winter. Today we are all a bit freer, the problem is understand if we are ready to face a new variant. I don’t think everything that could be done has been done to deal with a new emergency“.

Also there Dad, which has caused much discussion in the two years of the pandemic, must be rethought. “It should not be imagined as a tool that replaces face-to-face teaching. It can be useful for integrating, for example for sick students. The ideal, however, is that the children remain in the classroom, we know that in the classroom there is sociality and there is much more, but “Never again Dad”as it says in the center-right program, it seems to me more like a slogan“.

Azzolina to Fanpage.it: “We offer five years of middle school and higher salaries for teachers”