Absent students, teachers at meetings, movies and board games: what are the last days of classes for? The answer is not the same whether it is primary or secondary.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, the former Minister of National Education, had shown his ambition to “retake” the month of June. But nothing has really changed this year: in practice, many students, college and high school students have already been on holiday for a number of days – even though the official date of the summer holiday has been set for this Thursday 7 July, after school.
“At the university, the students stopped going to school at the end of June,” said BFMTV.com Alexis Torchet, Sgen-CFDT’s national secretary. “There have been no students at secondary school since the beginning of June.”
These absences are mainly related to the examination schedule: the written exams for the patent were held at the end of last week, those for the bac from June 15 with philosophy, followed the next day by the written French for the students in first, before the French oral for the latter and the grand oral in terminale from 20 June.
A “theoretical” reception
However, if the colleges and high schools are always open, the colleges and high school students are rare to go there. “In college, when class councils are passed, classes are often empty,” notes Jean-Rémi Girard, the president of the National Union of Secondary Schools and Colleges (Snalc), for BFMTV.com.
The arrival of students is “extremely rare,” says Alexis Torchet. Except for those who don’t have an orientation solution, he says. The reception is therefore “theoretical”. And in general, classes are suspended.
“During the last week, the teachers are mobilized for the corrections of the certificate, also attend teaching meetings, prepare for the next school year, organize for the composition of the classes. The students are not refused but there is no more teaching activity . “
When he assures that the students who want to come are always welcome and that the teachers are always present, “we are more concerned with recreational activities with cultural and sporting pursuits”. The planning for the school year has therefore been disrupted: there is no more maths from 8 am to 9 am and English from 9 am to 10 am. But prefer board games and movies.
“We are not going to teach four students,” continues Jean-Rémi Girard. “And then we also tend to group students together, regardless of their class, or even their level. That would complicate teaching.”
Jean-Rémi Girard still notices that it is difficult to combat this absenteeism, which sometimes starts two weeks before the official holiday date. “We are not going to transfer a sentence from one year to the next.” Printing with the bulletin is also no longer possible: they have all been completed and sent. “It’s not really a tolerance for absenteeism, but a state of affairs,” he notes.
In elementary school, “it’s not a daycare”
The situation is different in schools. “In primary school, we have a lot more students until the end,” Guislaine David, co-secretary general and spokesperson for the Snuipp-Fsu union, told BFMTV.com. “It’s often an important week to close out the year.”
For example, children in nursery and primary schools have lessons until the end. “They have classes in the same way as the rest of the year, the operation is the same as in normal times,” assures BFMTV.com Jean-Marc Marx, representative of the Sgen-CFDT in charge of the first degree.
And even if the success books and school books have already been completed, the children continue to work.
“We remain in a school atmosphere, especially because if we slow down, it quickly becomes more difficult to manage the classroom,” Laurent Hoefman, president of the National Schools Union (SNE), told BFMTV.com.
“It’s not a daycare center,” summarizes Guislaine David, even though she acknowledges that the program is enlightened. “We may be a bit more flexible and less demanding with the kids,” admits the spokesman for Snuipp-Fsu, the majority union of primary school teachers.
A gradual reduction in content, explains Jean-Marc Marx, the representative of Sgen-CFDT. “We’re still learning, we’re doing a lot of revisions, but we’re taking a more playful approach and the pressure is being taken off. It’s not until the last afternoon that we’ll be more involved in something more fun and friendly to say goodbye.”
See you all at the start of the school year, scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2021.