no basic income for school leavers –

no basic income for school leavers –
no basic income for school leavers –
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from Gianna Fregonara

The Minister of Education and Merit wants to link the measure to the fulfillment of compulsory education up to the age of 16. “They will have to attend at least one training course”

Anyone who doesn’t have a diploma can’t take the citizen’s income. And neither do those who are not looking for a job, i.e. the NEETs, those who have finished school but do not continue their training or enter the job market. This is the new proposal of the Minister of Education and Merit Giuseppe Valditara: «Those who have illegally interrupted their studies before the end of compulsory schooling at the age of 16 cannot receive the basic income or the measure that will be proposed to replace it and the same applies to those who do not undertake to look for work». Valditara says he had a research done on the numbers of income earners between the ages of 18 and 29 and that he made a “surprising and disturbing” discovery. Here it is: in Italy there are 364,101 recipients of basic income in the range between 18 and 29 years. We discovered that as many as 11,290 possess only the elementary school certificate or even no qualification, and another 128,710 only the middle school certificate». The remaining 200,000 should be NEETs. Considering that there are just over six million young people between the ages of 18 and 29, the recipients of basic income are around 5 percent: it would also be useful to consider where they are located in the country and for what reasons they have not obtained any diploma for be able to analyze their situation more deeply and at least understand who really stopped going to school before the age of 16 and who simply, and no less sadly, did not get to the diploma.


However, Valditara launches a political message: «This is a proposal that shows how the word Merit in my vision and that of the government is not a rhetorical tinsel, but constitutes a precise political direction». «These kids-he explains-prefer to receive income rather than study and train to build their own decent life plan. The income linked to the tolerated illegality of failing to complete compulsory schooling is morally unacceptable: it would mean legitimizing and even rewarding a violation of the law”. Valditara’s idea is to develop courses and pathways to encourage the reintegration of these former students into training courses: «I hear that cutting income would be inhuman – he concludes – It seems inhuman to me to live with illegality, trample on the right to education, educating children to maintain themselves at the expense of society rather than to believe in themselves and in the possibility of improving their living conditions”.

November 23, 2022 (change November 23, 2022 | 17:20)



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The article is in Italian

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