Italian cabinet passes education law decree

Plan to hire 69,000 teachers, allocate loans for school repairs

Italian cabinet passes education law decree

Rome, September 9 - The Italian cabinet approved on Monday a law decree presented by Education Minister Chiara Carrozza. "With this measure, 27,000 substitute teachers will be hired as full-time. Then there is a three-year plan to employ 69,000 teachers," Carrozza said. "In a moment of crisis like this one, the government is giving an important signal," Carozza added. Premier Enrico Letta said the law decree also contained a new norm that extends the validity of foreign student visas to the end of the students' study programmes. The new measure also creates a system for loaning textbooks and digital study materials to students from low income families. The decree also facilitates school construction and repair by allowing regional governments to access 30-year loans with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Italian State lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP). Forty million euros per year starting from 2014 were allocated for the purpose. A total of 100 million euros, beginning with 15 million in 2014, are to go to university scholarship funds to be awarded on the basis of student merit.

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