An image from an elementary school in Follina, in the province of Treviso | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA
An image from an elementary school in Follina, in the province of Treviso | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA

The enrollment of incoming first-year students in Italy for the 2021-2022 school year will close on January 25. Enrollment is also mandatory for foreign minors, regardless of the regularity of their parents' stay permit, according to regulations issued by the education ministry.

Enrollment for first year students of nursery, elementary, middle and high schools for the 2021-2022 school year in Italy opened on January 4 and will close on January 25.

A statement released by the education ministry said that "the same enrollment procedures provided for students with Italian citizenship apply to students with non-Italian citizenship" and that parents who are in a situation of irregularity also have to enroll their children in school.

In-person enrollment for undocumented foreigners

The statement, explained by the website "Integrazione migranti" (migrants' integration) of the Italian interior ministry, highlighted that applications must be filed online -- with the exception of irregular foreign parents -- for public primary and secondary schools through the website of the education ministry.

Click here: https://www.istruzione.it/iscrizionionline/

The online procedure is optional for private primary and secondary schools recognized by the State and can be used for professional training only in some regions (Calabria, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Molise, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto).

Parents or tutors who are not Italian citizens and who don't have a fiscal code, as is the case for undocumented foreigners, can go to their school of choice to enroll students in person with the documents they have.

The administrative offices of schools will complete enrollment procedures according to regulations issued by the Directorate general for computer systems and statistics.

860,000 foreign students in Italian schools

A guide and a link to the website ''Scuole in chiaro'' (clear schools ) are available on the website https://www.istruzione.it/iscrizionionline/ for information in Italian on schools and courses.

To enroll students, their parents or tutors must first register on the website, a step that is not necessary for those who have already registered in the past years or who have activated a digital identity "Spid".

According to data published by the education ministry, there are about 860,000 foreign students in Italian schools, or 10% of the student population.

The percentage of those who were born in Italy is steadily increasing to nearly 65%.

 

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