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IT, who works how can study?



IT, who works how can study?


Dear Punto Informatico editorial staff, my name is Antonello, I live in Taranto, I am 26 years old, and I am a full-time permanent worker, therefore perhaps one of the few of my “species” (now in danger of extinction). My job is purely IT: hardware and software technician at a call center. So go-go labor on LAN, switches, broken PCs, server maintenance, lines of code (yes, I also program for the intranet) and the like. My day starts at 09:30 when, first of all when I arrive at the PC, I come to read your news, and then move on to the actual work which ends in the evening at about 21.00 (half an hour more, quarter of an hour minus), time in which the last little things are done before closing the working day (various backups).

This year I felt the need to resume my studies, something left years ago for a series of (tragic) reasons that I am not going to list now. Before I was enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, in any case a daughter of the Polytechnic of Bari, but to resume that particular faculty was not a thing: there the boys literally “live” in the faculty, sometimes they sleep there even at night, in order to be able to take the exams , and with my job I would have graduated perhaps in 2047.

So I decided to graduate in “computer science and digital communication”, I arrived here in Taranto for 3 years, which is a 15-minute drive from my workplace. So, I thought, during my lunch break I can go there, take a lesson, take notes, do something, keep an eye on the various dates.

But the bad surprise came when I read about the obligation to attend 80% of the class hours.

I wondered if such a thing was really possible, it is not absurd for an unemployed person, but for those who work it is unthinkable. I inquired from some representative, they told me that it is at work that I have to ask for hours for study reasons.

At work, my employer told me that “it sounds strange to him, that a working student should be able to present a certificate at the faculty because one cannot be absent from work for three years (and more), that if something happens in the company while I am via (private company, not state body, who replaces me?) who fixes the breakdowns? “, so I have documented myself a bit, I read that for my contract there would be 150 hours per year of right to education, which all in all are a bit ‘few, and so I went to the student office, where they removed all doubts: for that faculty, it does not matter if you are a worker, you must be present for 80% of the lessons, with an aggravating circumstance: 150 annual hours are not even mandatory for the employer. However, it is up to him to decide whether to give them to you or not, whether to allow you to study or whether to stay at work. And that it is “normal” that this is the case, technical-scientific courses ALWAYS require compulsory attendance. But this is not true, because in Bari the computer course is not compulsory. It is the situation of Taranto to be disastrous.

How is it possible that there is such a situation? How is it possible that there is no right to be absent from the faculty? Is it more important to attend classes than to do a job? Only employees can do the work, you can also study at home. Why does no one protect workers from this point of view?

Now, I wonder, we complain because the universities are not attended, we accuse so much of the unpreparedness of the people, we are looking for hyper-trained people in companies, we want degrees and certificates, but we don’t give people the opportunity to study . Sorry for the outburst, perhaps it is not even you that I should contact, but being an IT worker who wants to follow a computer science faculty, I thought it appropriate to inform you of the situation in general, more precisely here in Taranto.

Thanks for your attention.

Antonello S.

Dear Antonello
there is no real flexibility obligation on the part of Italian universities in terms of frequency management, mostly these are decisions that are taken by the institutes on the basis of the indications of the teachers.
The feeling, as you write, is that the problem is not so much a question of universities as of labor regulations and poor safeguards for professional training.
Universities can, if anything, be reproached for forgetting too often the needs of working students, and for not providing, except in rare cases, for courses and teaching that may take place at unusual times, outside those traditionally occupied by professional activity.
Things that it is good to come up with, about which there is a lot to investigate. Starting, perhaps, from your own testimony and from those that you may have stimulated in this way.
A greeting, see you soon
Adele Chiodi