While the school year has now begun across the country, although among the many doubts and uncertainties due to Covid-19, middle school children have not yet returned to school on the Sicilian island. But the pandemic has nothing to do with it. “In the Linosa school – Martello denounces – you live a paradoxical situation: there are teachers called into service who do not show up and, despite the fact that there are people in the area who possess the requisites for teaching, they cannot replace colleagues. The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi intervenes to allow this situation to be overcome, allowing the Linosan children to follow a regular educational path”.
“In the elementary school of Linosa – added the mayor – there are only three classes for a total of six pupils who are followed by a single teacher, who carries out ‘differentiated’ lessons from Monday to Friday. On Saturday there is the religion teacher, who teaches for three hours. The middle school has not yet started the lessons because, although we are at the end of September, no teachers have yet taken up service on the island. Then there is the scientific high school which has a total of five pupils followed by a single teacher in attendance, most of the lessons are carried out remotely with a projector that transmits the lessons held at the high school of Lampedusa to the wall of the classroom “.
“This situation creates inconvenience to pupils and does not allow regular didactic activity. The reason is essentially one – continues the mayor – the difficulty in finding teachers willing to give lessons in presence in Linosa since, having to follow the rankings and rules of the school office, in fact many teachers assigned to the school on the island find the most diverse reasons for not showing up, triggering new cumbersome procedures to identify possible replacements. The point is that in the Pelagie, between Lampedusa and Linosa itself, there are people with the necessary qualifications and qualifications for teaching, but they do not fall within the useful places of the rankings. Practically the teachers are there, but they cannot work in Linosa, despite those who should do it, they don’t show up, give up or take leave ”.
“Considering the peculiarities of the smaller islands and in particular of Linosa – concludes Martello – I ask Minister Bianchi to adopt a ad hoc provision which allows those in possession of the necessary qualifications and willing to take up service to be able to quickly fill gaps in the staff “.