Back to school for the 12 million students in France

Back to school for some 12 million students in France. “With a teacher for every class,” the government promises, despite an unprecedented teacher recruitment crisis, which is of concern this school year.

After two months of vacation, high school students (6.5 million), college students (3.4 million) and high school students (2.2 million) will find friends, discover their teachers and know their schedule.

“On the eve of the start of the school year, the president – @EmmanuelMacron – wanted to send a message to the students who are victims of bullying: you are not alone,” the head of state tweeted on behalf of the Elysée on Wednesday. evening.

Unlike the two previous back-to-school periods, teachers and students will not wear masks due to the silence on the Covid-19 front. Two years ago, middle and high school students had to put it on. Last year this was the case for all CP students.

The protocol applicable to this return to school will be at the “basic level”, the lowest of the new health framework. It provides, in addition to the absence of a mask, that the students are welcomed face-to-face, with no restriction on physical activity and no restriction on intermixing.

The start of the school year took place last year under the seal of the health crisis. This year it will take place under the crisis of teacher recruitment. A phenomenon that is not new, but has deteriorated further this year, with more than 4,000 open vacancies in the country’s competitions, of the 27,300 vacancies in the public and private sectors (and a total of 850,000 teachers).

Education Minister Pap Ndiaye has been repeating it for several days: even if conditions “are not optimal”, the start of the school year will be “similar to last year”, “with a teacher for each class”.

To make up for this shortfall, National Education has recruited contract teachers — 3,000 according to Pap Ndiaye — who are trained in a few days before standing in front of a class.

– “Explosive Return” –

To reassure you once again, the Education Minister, who is making his first comeback in this position, reiterated that “more than 80% of contract workers have already taught”.

However, he anticipated the potential tensions and explained to RTL on Tuesday that this “does not rule out the possibility of difficulties in certain disciplines during the year”.

Back to school for the 12 million students in France

There are serious concerns on the part of both the parents of the students and the unions, who denounce “a tinkering” with the recruitment of contract workers during the summer.

“A teacher’s promise to every student looks more like a political slogan than reality,” Sophie Vénétitay, general secretary of Snes-FSU, the first secondary union, said this week. This union launched the keyword #NotreVraieRentrée to collect testimonials within the establishments.

“We will have adults in the classroom, not teachers,” declares the Snuipp-FSU, the first primary union, which fears the lack of replacements will be felt from the first sick or maternity leave.

Parents of students also fear “an explosive return to school,” said AFP Nageate Belahcen, co-chair of the FCPE, the first federation of student parents. “Not replacing absent teachers, under-trained indentured workers, or high school math… Families are concerned,” she said. Mathematics will be reintroduced this year (but as an option) to the common core in high school from the First, after being removed by the reform of the baccalaureate of Jean-Michel Blanquer, predecessor of Pap Ndiaye.

In order to restore the attractiveness of the teaching profession, the government has set some milestones on the remuneration side. Pap Ndiaye promised that “no teacher would start their career with less than 2,000 euros net per month from the start of the 2023 school year”. This will be “a starting salary, excluding bonuses”. And “significant” increases will happen, he added, without giving a timetable.

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