The first chapter of a long-term project on Italian public schools.

Fragile schools

"Fragile schools", the first chapter of a long-term documentation of the Italian school system by Rocco Rorandelli is online.

According to recent figures, about 60% of the Italian public schools do not comply with the latest safety recommendations, and about 600,000 students attend schools with severe structural deficiencies. Notwithstanding the recent public investments in the education sector, it has been calculated that 110 years will be needed to upgrade all schools. In a country prone to periodic earthquakes, about 10,000 schools do not comply with the anti-seismic requirements. 

This work focuses on those schools which show evident and often chronic issues, due to ageing, neglected buildings, but also where the poor structural environment has had an impact on the quality of education.