Comment on “51% of 15-year-olds in Italy unable to understand a text”

One of the biggest problems Italy is facing is certainly education, often with a large gap between south and north Italy, as reported in the article “51% of 15-year-olds in Italy unable to understand a text” published on

The article reports the words of Claudio Tesauro, president of Save The Children Italy, who warns about the risk of child poverty. In fact, a child in Italy has about three times the chance of living in poverty compared to an adult.

All of this has a strong impact on the level of education. As the article reports, a young man aged between 15 and 29 is out of both school and the working world. Obviously, this is a worrying fact, given that the new generations will rule the future world.

I believe that Italian education is strongly compromised by social inequality. Good education requires economic stability. Just think of written texts, which students have to pay for. Obviously, there are also some concessions given by school, such as books or equipment in the use committee, but they are available only for those with a very low Isee (Equivalent Economic Situation Indicator). This means that not all students have the opportunity to take advantage from the means provided by school, since for the State they belong to high-income families.

To meet these difficulties, a lot of sensible investments should be made in the school, which has the role of guaranteeing education for all.

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