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Education in Italy is a very hot subject. Some people think it is very good; others think it is very bad.
There has been a succession of Ministers of Education in Italy in recent years. Each has tried their own reforms to improve the Italian education system and all have regularly failed. In fact, most of these reforms have proved either unnecessary or of very little use. I believe that the Italian education system is currently very weak.
The present government has been trying to modify the education system for 2 years, through a complete renovation project. They, and Italian President Silvio Berlusconi, have planned to turn the entire world of school and even the unversities upside down .
The government has formulated a program, well-known in Italy, of 3i's - involving greater emphasis on the study of a) the English language, b) Internet and computer science and also c) a better interrelationship between schools, universities and the workplace. Their primary aims are to enable students to i) speak English proficiently, ii) operate a personal computer and iii) surf the net. Moreover, the government is also trying to help students transition to the world of work by trying to create new jobs. This is, of course, only a project and concrete results, so far, are limited.
In the south of Italy, for example, many of these young people typically are unable to find any kind of job and are really forced to move to the north of the country to have any chance of a good job.
It is, however, important to highlight that today, even in the rich and industrialised north, many of them cannot find any sort of job because of the current world economic crisis. Schools and, above all, universities should be able to ensure the immediate chance of their students obtaining a job, but many who have studied hard and obtained a degree cannot find a job.
I believe that schools have the task and even the duty to not only educate students, but also to ensure they have the skills necessary to find a job to secure their future. I also believe that the governmentís reforms are not enough and they need to find an alternative solution, with the other European countries, to this particular and important problem of our society.
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