Snes-Fsu: a congress in Montpellier to defend secondary education

The main national teachers’ union receives 550 delegates to the Corum until May 13. When the high school exams begin this Wednesday, the slogan is clear: press the future Minister of Education to update a profession in crisis of identity.

Teachers have the blues. does not date from yesterday and will have the opportunity to reaffirm it very high, this week, on the occasion of the national congress, in the Corum de Montpellier, of the Snes-Fsu, the main national union of secondary school teachers. with 58,000 members (about 2,800 at the Montpellier academy). Reassessing and giving meaning to a profession in crisis of identity: this is the priority that emerges from the field witnesses at the end of a first five-year Macron “It has done a lot of harm with the reform of high school and high schools.”

“There is a loss of meaning”

In fact, the Ministry of Education has clearly adopted in recent years a policy that strengthens the means at the first level to improve the acquisition of basic education, especially in difficult neighborhoods where classes have been divided. But at the same time, the number of teachers has decreased in secondary education while the number of students has increased. “Last year we lost about 1,800 jobs for 36,000 more students. How do you expect us to do that?”asks Christophe Benoît, professor of history and geography at the Lycée Henri IV in Béziers. “We have lost a job as a mathematics teacher in my school. All the teachers in this specialty are already working 2.4 hours a week … This reform needs to be renewed.”

The teacher mentions a “meaninglessness”that feeling “remote system”shared by many of his colleagues in a backdrop of rising waivers and conventional leave requests (a quarantine at the academy last year according to the union). “So many signs that things are not going well”points out Sophie Vénétitay, the general secretary of Snes, who acknowledges an increase in student enrollment in private contracted institutions.

“Substitute group sold out”

“We are in tension with the schedules, we no longer know where we are due to contradictory mandates, we are reaching the end”confirms Claire Pous, French teacher at Vauvert College (Gard) and academic co-secretary of Snes. “Burnouts are things we see and support, but fatigue is becoming more and more common in teachers’ classrooms in general.” adds Stéphane Audebeau, professor of economics and social sciences at Sète and co-academic secretary of Snes. “Especially because the pools of poorly paid substitutes have been gradually depleted to the point that you have to go through Pôle emploi to hire them with, in the long run, a problem of skills and quality of education.”

Scalded by a teaching Grenelle “which had brought together all the components but to no avail,” teachers look forward to the identity and program of their future minister. “We love our work and we want to do it in good condition and with respect for public service”concludes Sophie Vénétitay.

“Breaking the Blanquer Method”

Snes-Fsu National Secretary General Sophie Vénéttay made clear her union’s demands on the future government on Monday at the opening of the congress in Montpellier: “We want a clear break with the Blanquer method, which can be disagreed. And our first priority is the salary. There is a significant reduction that weighs on hiring. We need to catch up and revalue wages without compensation as suggested Emmanuel Macron during his campaign because our working time already exceeds 40 hours.

The president had announced a salary increase for those who would accept new assignments, including tutoring. Sophie Vénétitay is also asking for more resources because “7,900 places in schools and institutes have already been cut.” Stresses the need to increase the number of staff “especially in this post-covid period where the most vulnerable students tend to give up faster.”

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