French teachers mobilized massively against the multiple health protocols

“Ras-le-bol”: teachers and staff of the French National Education, exasperated by the waltz of health protocols, participated in a widely followed strike Thursday. They also demonstrated to demand answers from the government.

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Nearly 78,000 people (77,500) demonstrated in France, including 8,200 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry, which recorded 136 actions across the country. The Parisian demonstration Thursday afternoon, took place in the presence in particular of left-wing presidential candidates Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Anne Hidalgo and Christiane Taubira.

Almost 40% of teachers on strike

Nearly 38.5% of teachers were on strike in kindergartens and elementary schools, according to the Ministry of Education, and 75% according to the SNUipp-FSU, the first primary union, which announced one in two schools closed and mentioned “A historic mobilization”.

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All the National Education unions, bringing together teachers but also nurses or school staff, joined – a rarer occurrence – by inspectors and heads of establishments, called for this mobilization, denouncing “an indescribable mess” in because of health protocols.

They were received at their request by Prime Minister Jean Castex at the Ministry of Education, in the presence of Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. His colleague from Health Olivier Véran, who had just tested positive for Covid, was connected by videoconference. The meeting was still in progress around 8:15 p.m.

“It’s a daycare”

“Three protocols in ten days, that’s rubbish. We lie to parents, because it is a day care center which is currently open, ”testified for her part Anne Gau-Segonzac, 59, director of an elementary school in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine).

For Maxime, 20, education assistant (AED) for two years at the Joliot-Curie high school in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), “with everything we are asked to do for the management of the health crisis […], we can no longer carry out our missions ”.

Supportive student parents

A school nurse, in post for 18 years, tells, it, that the working conditions became so difficult since Christmas that (she) made the decision, (she) throws in the towel. “I am leaving National Education. I go back to the hospital where, even in the midst of the Covid crisis, it was less painful ”.

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

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