The start of the All Saints holidays, Monday, November 2, will be postponed to 10 a.m. in all schools, where a tribute will be paid to Samuel Paty, the professor assassinated on October 16 in Conflans-Saint-Honorine. A tribute planned for the moment on condition that the next decisions taken in the face of Covid-19 do not upset the situation.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer promised Sunday a “Clear framing” to respond to teachers’ concerns about the start of the school year on November 2 and the speech to be given to students on the subject of the savage assassination of their colleague.
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Tuesday, October 27, during a video conference with the teachers’ unions, the ministry clarified things. All students will return to school at 10 a.m. to give the teaching teams time to prepare and discuss. Secondly, a “Teaching sequence” will be organized in classes to talk about the facts and reaffirm republican principles, such as freedom of expression.
Reading of the “letter to teachers” by Jean Jaurès
Resources adapted to each level (nursery, primary, secondary, etc.) will be “Made available” teachers but they will remain free to use them or not, welcomed Stéphane Crochet, of the SE-Unsa union. “The principle of educational freedom has been reaffirmed”, also approved Jean-Rémi Girard, from Snalc, another union.
Thirdly, between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the pupils will be gathered for a reading of “The letter to teachers” by Jean Jaurès. A reading that can be done in some cases in the presence of elected officials, but without speaking on their part. The sequence will end with a minute of silence.
“Normally, all the students will be assembled but it will be necessary to take into account the health situation”, underlined Frédérique Rolet, from Snes-FSU, the first secondary school union.
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The tribute as a whole could indeed be upset by possible new decisions taken in the face of the deterioration of the health context, recalled all the unions. According to teachers’ unions, a new meeting with the education ministry on the subject is scheduled for the weekend, “Probably Friday”.