Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Threat to cut school heating 'surreal' says Italian govt

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Rome, November 9 - the Italian government on Friday
said a threat to turn off the heating in schools across the
country in protest against funding cuts was "beyond reality",
according to a statement released by Premier Mario Monti's
office.
The government also criticised the proposal of considering
longer vacations in the name of "hypothetical savings".
Italy's provincial government association (UPI) on Thursday
said it was considering the action, which would effectively
force students to stay at home, adding that the initiative
"stems from protests against the 500 million euros of cuts"
contained in a recent government spending review.
UPI President Antonio Saitta explained the provinces -
which provide certain public education services on behalf of the
central government - could also suspend maintenance work on
school buildings for the same reason.
"Decisions such as these need to be fully explained to
students and their parents," said the UPI president on Thursday.
UPI had already warned in July that the opening of the new
school year after the summer vacation was at risk due to lack of
funds.
The government spending review aims to save 26 billion euro
over the next three years by making broad cuts in the public
administration, health, education and defence sectors, among
other areas.

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