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Covid-19 LIVE: Masks, recruitment, baccalaureate… Jean-Michel Blanquer tries to calm the discontent of teachers…

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Teachers and other National Education staff, exasperated by the waltz of health protocols linked to Covid- , went on massive strike on Thursday and demonstrated to demand progress from the government. Thursday evening, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced the provision of “5 million FFP2 masks” for teachers and “several thousand” replacements “to deal with the crisis” , with the recruitment of “3.300 more contract workers” . After more than four hours of meeting, deputies and senators finally failed to reach an agreement on the bill establishing the vaccination pass, which will have to leave for a shuttle between Assembly and Senate with a view to its final adoption initive. READ ALSO

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7h40: Hong Kong prohibits passengers over 190 country to transit through its airport

Air passengers arriving from more than 150 countries will no longer be able to transit through Hong Kong, in order to prevent spread of Covid-19, the city’s airport announced on Friday.

This suspension, which concerns all countries classified as “high risk” for health by the Hong Kong authorities, will take effect on Sunday for a period of one month, indicated the airport on its website.

7h35: “We can’t replace teachers even outside of Covid”

Guest of Franceinfo, this Friday, Catherine Nave-Bekhti, secretary general of Sgen-CFDT (general union of National Education CFDT) welcomed “important proposals”, after Jean-Michel Blanquer’s announcements on masks and recruitment contract teachers.

“We already know that there are difficulties in recruiting contract teachers, it is not very attractive with the remuneration offered. There are academies where we cannot replace teachers even outside of Covid, ”she said.

7h30: The decision on Djokovic is long overdue

The Australian Government, under pressure because of the saga Novak Djokovic, affirmed on Friday that he will remain firm on the rule of banning entry to the non-vaccinated in the country, but his decision whether or not to expel the tennis world number one is made wait. The 21 year-old Serb continued on Friday to training in Melbourne hoping to conquer a 10e title at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, and a 25e Grand Slam victory, which would be a record.

“Nole” had been turned back on his arrival in Melbourne on January 5 and placed in a detention center. But his lawyers won a resounding victory on 10 January, getting a judge to reinstate his visa and order his immediate release. But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke threatened to deport the champion anyway under his discretion. His services later indicated that the decision was delayed by an avalanche of motions filed by Djokovic’s legal team.

7h28: New incident in Parliament delaying the final vote on the vaccination pass

PARIS – After more than four hours of meeting, deputies and senators finally failed to reach an agreement on the bill establishing the vaccination pass, which will have to leave for a shuttle between Assembly and Senate for its final adoption.

The deputies were now to put the work back on the job Friday afternoon in the hemicycle. After a new reading in the upper house, probably on Saturday, it is the Assembly that will have the last word, during the weekend or at the beginning of the week.

7h28: Masks and recruitment to calm the anger of teachers

At the end of this day of strike, the teachers’ unions were received by Prime Minister Jean Castex. After 3h21 of a meeting , the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced the provision of “5 million FFP2 masks” for kindergarten teachers on request, and the distribution of surgical masks from the start of the next week for education personnel.

He also promised “several thousand” replacements “to deal with the crisis”, with the recruitment of “3. 300 additional contract workers” and the use of additional lists, c that is to say to the candidates who have had the competition but have not been recruited, a long-standing request from the unions.

Faced with the disruption caused by the health crisis , the evaluations of “mid-CP”, which were to start next week, will be “postponed to a deadline which remains to be defined”. As for the baccalaureate specialty exams, which normally take place in March, the minister indicated that he was going to “make an analysis again with the representative organizations” to “see if it is appropriate to have a postponement of these exams from March to the month of June”.

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