Most of the National Education unions and high school movements call for a national strike on Thursday, January 13. The movement could affect many establishments in the region.
The national strike call launched on January 7 obtained strong support from education unions who wish to denounce the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a lack of means to deal with it.
For Clément Brochard, co-secretary of SUD education in Loire-Atlantique, this movement, followed by all the unions in the department, is the result of a mobilization that began a month earlier in Saint-Herblain. The objective was to demand more resources in schools: more AESH to support students with disabilities, psychologists, school doctors and nurses or teachers from the network of specialized assistance for students in difficulty (RASED) “The health context highlights the lack of resources, it amplifies the difficulties and also reveals the contempt of the Ministry of National Education. For example, we discovered the new health protocol through the press,” he laments. by claiming to have the support of parents of students.
“Today, it’s a bit like the Titanic, in the schools, colleges and high schools of the department”, laments Jean-Baptiste Lalanne, departmental co-president of Maine-et-Loire of the federation of parents’ councils (FCPE ) In a press release. “Every day, the numbers are becoming scarce with fewer and fewer students … and staff also absent. The boat is sinking”. He denounces a lack of means to deal with the coronavirus in schools.
According to the FCPE union, which points the finger at the many non-replaced absences of teachers, 10% of teachers on average are absent, sick or in case of contact.
The parents’ union denounces “a failure of the protocol”, in particular the series of tests and self-tests, which until now had to be carried out by the pupils if a positive case was detected in their class. The health protocol, relaxed for the first time by the government on Thursday, January 6, deemed too heavy. Florence Prudhomme, co-president of the FCPE in Maine-et-Loire denounces in a press release: “Children spend more time in front of pharmacies than at school”. These are not a priority and in the face of the outbreak of the epidemic, tests in pharmacies and laboratories are taken by storm, often with long queues.
The protocol was finally simplified again on Monday January 10: students are no longer required to queue to perform a PCR or antigen test. They will now be able to collect 3 self-tests in the pharmacy. In addition, “the parents will not be immediately asked to come and pick up theirs on the grounds that it is in contact. We will wait until the end of the day or the school trip, ”said Jean Castex.
The national strike movement could be massively followed in establishments in the region. “It can penalize parents, but that will not change much given the surrounding disorder” regrets Jean-Baptiste Lalanne.
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