But the return to the classroom will follow safety protocols: “There is a protocol agreed by the conference of rectors, which has been examined by our ministry and is now being examined also by the ministry of Health and the Technical Scientific Committee which provides for distancing, use of protective devices, use of separate entry and exit paths, regulation of access times, organization of flows for all services ». What will be developed in the coming weeks will be “a very organized system that will be developed by the various universities according to the individual specificities”.
On the risk of returning to the classroom with a much lower than normal number of students, as hypothesized in recent weeks also by the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala who raised the alarm on the possibility that in Milan the number of students enrolled in the city universities collapsed, in reality the Minister said serene: “The signals we have from the pre-enrollment point of view are not negative signals: there is great attention for the Italian university system and I am confident in September we will have foreign students”. Rather, the director of the ministry showed concern about the return to Italy of students currently abroad: “There may be problems with mobility. We hope that the trend of the pandemic will allow foreign students to return to Italy “, otherwise – Manfredi said -” quality “distance learning will be guaranteed.
The minister also guaranteed that in the Relaunch Decree “there will be many instruments for the right to study, which will be guaranteed”. One of the means to do this is, explained the minister, that of “extending the no tax area to 20 thousand euros of Isee”. Even the Lombard president Fontana reiterated the importance of guaranteeing the right to study: “Lombardy is working with the other Regions and with the government to ensure that none of our young people are precluded from the right to study – The agreement – explained Fontana – it is almost closed, it does not provide for cuts in transfers and therefore it will be possible to guarantee all the resources made available to the university system so far ». Fontana also stressed the importance of Manfredi’s presence in Milan: «I thank the minister for having reserved his first public release to our region and our university system (which has 14 universities, with 286 thousand students and 19 thousand teachers, ed. ). A system that has proven to be very quick in assessing the danger and closing, ensuring the continuity of the distance teaching offer “.