Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Academic year 'at risk' due to budget cuts in Italy


Rome, May 9 - State-run schools may not open in the
upcoming academic year starting in September due to lack of
finances and budgetary constraints, Antonio Saitta, who heads
the Union of Italian Provinces (UPI), said on Monday.
Saitta warned many schools will not manage to start their
academic activities this autumn due to budgetary constraints and
cost cuts imposed by the central government as part of a wider
spending-cuts policy it has applied in recent years.
Saitta went on to say that from 2008 to 2012, Italy's
provinces have funded a total of 10.4 billion euros of
school-related spending, of which eight billion was related to
ordinary activities and 2.4 billion was earmarked for
investments in new buildings, renovation and structural works.
During this period, the central government spent "zero
euros" on school "intervention and making academic buildings
safe," he said.
During the same period, the central government slashed
provinces' budgets for schooling by some 24%.
In addition, over the same time frame, provinces were
forced to adhere to an internal "stability pact" regulation
which forced them to slash overall investments by 52%, to 366.7
million euros.

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