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Italian students are stepping up their protests over controversial education reforms.

Tens of thousands have again taken to the streets of Rome and other cities to voice their anger about school budget cuts and likely job losses.

One student said: “This reform has been carried out by simply slashing budgets across the board, without evaluating the consequences.”

Another said: “In a few months, without these workers, Italian universities will no longer be able to organise classes, exams and research.”

Many students and some teachers have taken to holding classes in city squares to express their opposition.

The government argues the reforms are needed to improve standards and efficiency.