Inquiry into tragic school collapse

10th January 2003 at 00:00
ITALY. Three building contractors and three engineers are under criminal investigation following the earthquake in which 26 children and a teacher lost their lives when a school collapsed in October. All six face manslaughter charges.

The six include two builders who added an extension to the upper floor of the Scuola Francesco Jovine in San Giugliano di Puglia and a municipal surveyor who issued a safety certificate when the work was done. Experts believe that the extra weight of the extension may have weakened the structure.

Although the village of San Giugliano in central Italy was at the epicentre of the quake, the school was one of just three buildings that collapsed.

Since the quake, a number of surveys and reports have come to light suggesting that around half of schools in Italy are unsafe or lacking safety certification.

Earthquakes are common in Italy. In December an earthquake brought down part of a stairwell in a school in Sicily. Pupils had evacuated the school only minutes before, after the first tremors.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now