After a day of mobilization in Education, Jean- Michel Blanquer spoke this Thursday evening at the end of a meeting in Matignon in the presence in particular of Jean-Castex and the teachers’ unions.
24h08 JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER: “REPORTED TESTS”
“There were also expectations for some relaxations in assessments and exams. Thus in CP classes, the mid-year school assessments in French and mathematics, which were to take place next week, are postponed to a deadline which remains to be defined. Finally, there was an expectation to postpone the baccalaureate specialty teaching tests which normally take place in March, and as we have to take into account the daily life of high school students which is not easy at the moment, we are going to carry out consultations to find out if it is appropriate to postpone them to June,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer.
JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER: “WE ARE GOING TO RECRUIT 3628 CONTRACTUAL MORE”
“There were also expectations in terms of human resources, which I fully understand, because it is true that the Covid creates absences of teachers or administrative staff and that this replacement must be provided. Accordingly, we will recruit 2998 contractual more and resort to people who are on competition lists. We will also recruit educational assistants and administrative support staff for school principals; it is several thousand people who will come in support”, announced Jean-Michel Blanquer.
22h45JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER: “5 MILLION FFP2 MASKS TOWARDS CERTAIN PERSONNEL”
“A lot of expectations have been expressed. With the Prime Minister, we responded to this for some of them: we heard the expectation in terms of FFP2 masks, we recalled that the High Council of Public Health did not specifically recommend their development, but we wished with the Prime Minister that this is still possible, especially for kindergarten staff who have children without masks in front of them or teachers who intervene in front of students with disabilities. Five million FFP2 masks will thus be distributed in the school system, but we do not want them to be generalized, “said Jean-Michel Blanquer.
“For CO2 sensors, this is a competence of local authorities, but the State has created a fund to support those who have difficulty obtaining them. The Prime Minister has announced that we will replenish this fund as much as necessary,” added the Minister of Education.
21h39JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER: “THERE WILL NOW BE REGULAR CONSULTATION WITH THE UNIONS”
“There is fatigue in relation to all the issues of the crisis health, everyone understands that. It was also a moment of explanations. It has also been decided that there will henceforth be a bi-monthly meeting with the trade unions, the Ministry of Health and of course the Ministry of National Education, which will make it possible to understand why decisions sometimes have to be sometimes very rapid adaptations”, reacted the Minister of Education at the end of the meeting in Matignon.
20h30THE SNUIPP-FSU S ‘EXPRESSED AFTER THE MEETING WITH JEAN CASTEX
“We asked that the method be reassessed, because you cannot learn the day before for the next day a protocol to apply. We really have to take into account the working conditions of teachers in schools. The Prime Minister told us that he wanted to change the method. We will have to see in the long run how it will go”, underlined Guislaine David, the spokesperson and co-secretary general of the SNUipp-FSU at the end of the meeting in Matignon.
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22h22BARBARA PUMP ILI ON LCI
“The weariness is understandable”, indicated Barbara Pompili, the Minister of Ecological Transition on the set of Ruth Elkrieff.
In Marseille, where there were many “closed school” posters on the doors of establishments, the morning procession counted 2.190 demonstrators according to the police headquarters. The lack of means was put forward on the signs: “less contempt, more means”, “Blanquer we want a nurse” or even “order, order, disorder”.
20h228021 PROTESTERS IN PARIS
Near 78.000 people (78.500), teachers and other national education personnel demonstrated this Thursday in France, including 8.200 in Paris, to protest against the waltz of health protocols linked to Covid-19, according to the Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry has identified 136 actions throughout the country on this day widely followed strike, which received the support of parents’ associations.
“I was very hesitant to go on strike. For two years, it’s been very complicated to work”, explains to AFP Yuna, 29 years and professor of history-geography in a REP college in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis) for five years. to teach properly. I never know who I’m going to class with.
I have to advance in the program without half of the students and those who are absent must follow remotely, on a phone without a good internet connection, this is not is not egalitarian”, adds the one who teaches “by choice” in Seine-Saint-Denis, one of the poorest departments in France.
“I am happy to teach in the 92, I am attached to the students, but for two years, I have been very tired. I’m wondering, how long can we hold out?” she said again.
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“With the umpteenth protocol announced this week, they have gone from a test in a pharmacy or laboratory to a self-test. But what is the difference for us? It’s still just as much administrative surplus. The parents are overwhelmed”, sighs Myriam Ghedjati, teacher in a REP school (priority education network) in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (Bouches-du-Rhône), union member and municipal councilor LFI, questioned by the AFP.
“Tuesday morning a mother tells me that her child is positive. We call in disaster all the other parents so that they do not put their children, explaining to them that they must have them tested. On 22 students, 11 came back without a certificate because the parents no longer understand”. “We agree on the principle that schools should remain open. But we want air sensors, FFP2 masks and masks for our students”.
In Bordeaux, where some 3.000 people have manifested according to the organizers, 1.900 according to the prefecture, the procession stopped in front of the rectorate. Teachers hung there on the grids the fabric masks provided by the National Education on which they wrote messages like “Blanquer resignation”.
“This is the exasperation after 22 months of health crisis, incessant changes that we can sometimes understand, but better communication is needed”, explains in the Parisian procession Bruno Bobkiewicz, secretary general of the main union of Headteachers (SNPDEN).
While the s unions will be received at the end of the afternoon, at their request, by Prime Minister Jean Castex at the Ministry of Education, the secretary general of the FO federation for education (FNEC FP-FO) Clément Poullet warned : “It is not a symbolic appointment that we are asking Matignon today, but the beginning of a real negotiation for quick and concrete answers on the health aspect, with additional replacements in particular, but also the revaluation of wages”.
“We see the anger expressed. There is a fed up, the government must realize it. We are at a breaking point,” Guislaine David, general secretary of Snuipp-FSU, the first primary union, told AFP during the Paris demonstration which brought together several thousand people this Thursday afternoon, in the presence of left-wing presidential candidates.
13h0412h35 THE REASONS FOR ANGER
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15h28MÉLENCHON ON TWITTER
The government must put an end to the chaos it is causing and ensure the health security of all students and staff. It’s time to de-blank the School!”, tweeted Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
16h26THE UNIONS WERE RECEIVED BY JEAN CASTEX
Jean Castex received this Thursday at the beginning of the evening the trade union organizations representing the personnel of the national education. The Prime Minister “responded favorably to the request for an audience which was made to him by the trade unions representing the personnel of the national education”, indicated Matignon. The meeting took place at the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, in the presence of Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. The Minister of Solidarity and Health Olivier Véran, who had just tested positive for Covid, was also connected by videoconference.
13h053″A SHOW OF STRENGTH” FOR JEAN-LUC MÉLENCHON
“It’s a demonstration of force and mass of the middle teacher. People are suffocated by the conditions in which they have to practice their profession”, lambasted LCI Jean-Luc Mélenchon, present in the procession of strikers in Paris.
Faced with the number of demonstrators, “at least Jean-Michel Blanquer managed to get everyone to agree at school”, ironically the LFI candidate for the presidential election. For him, however, ” Macron must understand that people can’t take it anymore. It’s time to do it right.”
14h28NEW CALLS TO DEMONSTRATE FOR NEXT WEEK
While almost one in four teachers according to figures from the Ministry of National Education – they would be twice as many according to the unions – is now on strike against its working conditions during this crisis, some federations are already calling for a new mobilization. This is particularly the case of the Solidarity trade union union with the Syndicat sud which is aiming for “a strong date from next week”. Both also rely on the day of 29 January to maintain “the pressure on the government”.
In Clermont-Ferrand, in Puy-de-Dôme, it there are again images of mobilization against the government’s health policy. According to the unions, nearly 1500 strikers march through the streets of the city.
13h13ANNE HIDALGO IN THE PARISIAN CORTEGE
PS candidate Anne Hidalgo is also present in the procession of striking teachers in Paris. Facing the cameras, the mayor of the capital “is not calling for the resignation of Jean-Michel Blanquer but for a profound change in the country’s politics, and the April election is there to do so.” 15h15SUPPORT BY FABIEN ROUSSEL
“You have to listen to the teachers. This must change and teachers have the means to teach, “says Fabien Roussel, present in the procession of striking teachers in Paris.
Among the proposals of the PCF candidate for the presidential election, the testing policy “must be done at school in the classroom. But for that, you have to hire. There are several thousand young people who can be mobilized and who want to work”, he explains on LCI, and for whom, “education has no no price”.
14h07IMAGES OF THE MOVEMENT IN MONTPELLIER
15h05 GOING THE STRIKE “IN A DIFFERENT WAY”
For Laurent Zameczkowski, vice-president of the PEEP, federation of parents’ associations, “we should have gone on strike in another way”, he explains on LCI. According to the latter, “it may not have been the best time. Many parents today find themselves very bored to have their children looked after.”
The vice-president recognizes errors in the government’s management of the crisis, but regrets being “an adjustment variable for everyone. We hope that all this will not last and that we will find a way out.”
“We parents need to work and our children need to receive an education”, concludes -he at the microphone of LCI.
14h55SUPPORT OF VALÉRIE PÉCRESSE
“I understand the exasperation that has invaded the entire educational community, but also parents who are subject to grotesque protocols and who queue for hours in front of pharmacies”, adds Valérie Pécresse to the microphone from LCI. For presidential candidate LR, these parents “do not understand why the government has not postponed the start of the school year by a week. We could have put in place a solid, reliable protocol. In short, we could have taken this time to listening before this decision”, she assures.
No need, however, to overwhelm Jean-Michel Blanquer, retorts Valérie Pécresse . “It is not Blanquer who is responsible for the protocols”, she declares, aiming at the head of the government.
12h33YANNICK’S SUPPORT JADOT
For Yannick Jadot, this day of mobilization of teachers on strike shows “well the unpreparedness, improvisation and contempt of Jean-Michel Blanquer vis-à-vis parents, teachers and even students”.
Recognizing the government’s forced intervention in this crisis, the EELV presidential candidate nevertheless denotes a “broken dialogue between the educational community and its minister”. To restore this confidence, “we must change the minister” and restore “a little serenity in the schools, which the government does not allow”, declares on LCI Yannick Jadot.
13h27 SUPPORT OF ANNE HIDALGO
The Minister “Jean-Michel Blanquer did not respect any member of the National Education, not even the parents or even the local authorities. When we all learned on a Sunday evening what the protocol was the next day, I understand the anger. It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back”, underlines the PS presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo who does not demand “the resignation” of the minister, “but that Macron is no longer President of the Republic.” 12h18 “WIDESPREAD CHAOS”
Valérie Pécresse denounces a “generalized chaos” in schools and says she understands this slogan of mobilizing teachers. The presidential candidate also regrets that the start of the school year in January was not postponed by a week to set up a sustainable health protocol.
14h07DUNKERQUE, LAVAL, MARSEILLE…
Other examples: in Dunkirk where the demonstration brings together 190 teachers “at end” according to the local newspaper The voice of the North. They would be 800 at Laval, in Brittany , 1553 to Haven, in Seine-Maritime, and near 5357 in Marseille according to the unions on site.
In Albi, in the Tarn, the unions count 600 demonstrators against the health policy implemented in schools since the start of the pandemic.
Same mobilization of strikers in Nantes, in the Pays de la Loire.
Everywhere in France, processions of strikers, against the government’s health policy in schools, progress in cities, like here in Rennes.
10h45MORE THAN ONE IN 4 TEACHERS ON STRIKE ACCORDING TO THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION
According to figures communicated by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports this Thursday , 25,30% of National Education agents are on strike in France, with 30,005% of teachers. Among them, 39,49% of teachers in the 1st degree and 24,73% in the 2nd degree. According to the unions, it is rather necessary to count 075% of strikers at school, and 62% in the 2nd degree.
“What are we waiting for to have air purifiers in classrooms? What are we waiting for to deliver FFP2 masks to teachers? What are we waiting for to deliver free surgical masks to students? This feeling of exasperation generates anger after a while”, despairs on LCI Manuel Bompard, spokesperson for LFI candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
10h053061 % OF STRIKERS IN COLLEGES AND HIGH SCHOOLS
According to the SNES-FSU, the majority college union and high schools, 64% of teachers would be on strike in 2nd degree establishments, as well as 81% of educational assistants.
10h48SUPPORT OF ENGLISH UNIONS
In a letter addressed to the SNES-FSU, the Synd icat majority of education in the United Kingdom “congratulates” and “supports” the strike movement which affects, this Thursday, the French schools against the health policy of the government in place.
11h39 “WE’RE BIG ON THE POTATO”
While the mobilization against the management of the health crisis in schools by the government begins this Thursday morning, Nathalie Arthaud, Lutte Ouvrière candidate in the presidential election, welcomes this strike. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and I’m not the only one. We have a lot on the potato”, she laments on LCI, pointing to a lack of arms, “unreplaced teachers” in the establishments. At the salary level, “we are also completely despised. We can draw a parallel with what is happening in hospitals”, adds the candidate who calls on retirees and all those who wish “to join the movement”.10h017 BLANQUER “GOING WELL, HE’S AT WORK”
For the secretary in charge of primary education Nathalie Elimas, this strike “is not an anti-Blanquer movement. This strike is the expression of fatigue”. On LCI, she recalls that “Jean-Michel Blanquer is a man, a father and he has both feet on the ground.” Today, ” the minister is well and at work.”
07h09VÉRAN AND BLANQUER ARE “IN COMPLEMENTARITY”
“It’s been two years that the teachers adjust the health protocols with us. Of course they are tired”, admits on LCI Nathalie Elimas, secretary in charge of primary education, but “we hear, we adapt to what we are told. We respond daily to teachers’ requests.”
To say that everything is well managed? “No, we’ve been in a pandemic. Of course there were mistakes, recognizes the Secretary of State. But we are doing our best to protect our students and our staff with a lot of convictions.”
However, Nathalie Elimas regrets “a lawsuit” against Jean -Michel Blanquer and underlines “no clash with Olivier Véran”. Both “, it is the complementarity since the beginning of the crisis. There is a team spirit. Everyone supports the Minister of National Education.”
07h0531 SCHOOL IN 2 CLOSED
On Twitter, the Snuipp-FSU, first primary union, expects 75% of first degree teachers are on strike and that almost half of the schools remain closed this Thursday, a day of protest against the government’s management of the health crisis.
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“For two years of health crisis, we has a difficulty with the Ministry of National Education to anticipate health protocols”, deplores on RTL Guislaine David, spokesperson for the SNUipp-FSU union who called, along with a dozen other organisations, to go on strike this Thursday. “There is a fed up that is expressed in the schools and it’s a safe bet that in the processions this afternoon, we will find a lot of anti-Blanquer slogans”, she adds. This anger, “the minister does not necessarily realize it”, gets angry Guislaine David.
09h 24KEEP “THE SCHOOL OPEN”
While the Minister of Health and Solidarity speaks of a “tsunami” contamination, the government maintains its desire to keep schools open at all costs. This is at least what Brigitte Bourguignon, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Solidarity and Health, in charge of Autonomy, recalls this morning on Sud Radio.
09h18 WHAT ABOUT MINIMUM SERVICE IN SCHOOLS?
In a communicated published on Tuesday, the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) is concerned about the strike movement this Thursday. Its members warn in particular “about the great difficulties faced by municipalities in putting e in place, this Thursday the minimum reception service provided for by law when more than 25% of teachers are on strike.” The association is “urgently awaiting details and flexibility from the National Education as to its implementation implemented in this exceptional context.”