In France, mass mobilization of teachers against anti-Covid-19 protocols

About 38.5% of teachers went on strike in schools on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Education, and about 78,000 people demonstrated in France, according to the Ministry of the Interior, to protest the “mess” caused by the proliferation of health protocols. . After a meeting with the unions in the evening, the government promised FFP2 masks and replacements.

“Farts”: teachers and other National Education staff, exasperated by the waltz of health protocols linked to Covid-19, took part in a very frequent and protested strike on Thursday, January 13, to demand answers from the government, whose leader Jean Castex received the unions in the evening at the end of this day.

After a meeting at 3:30 am, which was also attended by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, by video conference and the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the latter announced the supply of “5 million FFP2 masks “for kindergarten teachers on request and the distribution of surgical masks from early next week for educational staff.

He also promised “several thousand” replacements “to deal with the crisis”, with the hiring of “3,300 more hired” and the use of additional lists, ie candidates who have had the competition but have not been hired , a long-standing claim of the unions.

In the face of the disruption caused by the health crisis, the assessments of the “medium CP”, which were to begin next week, will be postponed to a deadline yet to be defined. With regard to the baccalaureate specialty tests, which are usually held in March, the councilor indicated that he will again “make an analysis with the representative organizations” to “see if it is appropriate to have a postponement of these tests. March to June “. .

“We have made concrete progress. Now we need to take action,” Guislaine David, secretary general of Snuipp-FSU, the first primary union, told AFP after the meeting. “It does not respond to everything, but we see that we did not strike for anything,” he added.

About 78,000 people (77,500) demonstrated in France, including 8,200 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry, which registered 136 actions nationwide.

Nearly 38.5% of teachers were on strike in nursery and primary schools on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Education, and 75% according to Snuipp-FSU, the first primary school union, which announced the closure of a of every two schools and provoked “a historic mobilization.” In schools and institutes, 23.7% of teachers mobilized, according to the ministry. Snes-FSU, the first second-tier union, has advanced the figure to 62% of strikers.

All the National Education unions, which bring together teachers but also nurses, AESH (accompanying students with disabilities) or school life staff, joined – less frequently – by inspectors and school leaders, have called for this mobilization, denouncing “an indescribable mess” by health protocols.

Tensions are rising, with an education minister who was once a good government student and is now devouring them.

“Throw in the towel”

“It’s a exhaustion, an exasperation after 22 months of health crisis, incessant changes that we can sometimes understand, but better communication is needed,” Bruno Bobkiewicz, secretary general of the main directors’ union (SNPDEN), told the Paris procession.

“Three protocols in ten days is nonsense. We lie to parents, because it’s a daycare that is currently open,” said Anne Gau-Segonzac, 59, principal of a Montrouge elementary school (Hauts- de- Sena).

For Maxime, 20, an education assistant (AED) for two years at the Joliot-Curie Institute in Nanterre (Alts-de-Seine), with everything they ask of us for the management of the health crisis (…) we can no longer carry out our missions ”.

A school nurse, in charge for 18 years, says that “working conditions have become so difficult since Christmas that (she) made the decision, (she) threw in the towel.” “I’m leaving National Education. I’m going back to the hospital where, even in the midst of the Covid crisis, it was less painful.”


In Lyon, more than 3,000 protesters according to the unions, 2,200 according to police, demonstrated in the afternoon. “The principals are exhausted, the assistants are lost, we no longer understand the protocols, we are tired of teaching in these conditions,” said Julie Merlin, 28, a kindergarten teacher for two years in Venissieux.

In Bordeaux, where about 3,000 people demonstrated according to the organizers, 1,900 according to the prefecture, the procession stopped in front of the rectory. Teachers hung on the bars the cloth masks provided by the National Education on which they wrote messages such as “Blanquer resignation.” “This umpteenth protocol was the last straw,” protests Laetitia, a kindergarten teacher in Landiras (Gironde).

About 2,000 protesters marched in Montpellier according to the prefecture, 1,500 in Lille, behind a banner “If the school coughs, the republic drowns” and 850 in Limoges, where there were the words “Blanquer the virus that kills l ‘education’ in red. letters.

“Gir Blanquer”

In Clermont-Ferrand, where 1,200 people left according to the prefecture, posters calling for the resignation of the Minister of Education. In Rennes, there were 4,500 according to organizers, 2,200 according to police.

In Marseilles, where there were numerous “closed school” signs on the doors of the establishments, the morning procession had 2,200 protesters, according to police. “Less contempt, more means” or “Blanquer we want a nurse”, we could read on the signs.

Beyond the education professionals, the mobilization had been joined by the movements of high school students FIDL, MNL and La Voix Lycéenne, as well as the FCPE, the first organization of parents of students, and parents showed their support for the strike.

“I understand the exasperation of the teachers,” said Carine, a student’s mother, in front of a primary school in the north-east of Paris.

“It is true that it is painful, I understand that the staff is fed up,” said François Lordenimus, a father of a student in Caluire-et-Cuire (Rhône). “They can’t stand it anymore, people.”

With AFP

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