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Covid-19 at school: Jean-Michel Blanquer announces 5 million FFP2 masks and replacements



At the end of the national education strike day on Thursday January 13, the teacher unions were received by Prime Minister Jean Castex. After 3:30 a.m. of a meeting also attended by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran by videoconference and the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, the latter announced the availability of “5 million FFP2 masks” for kindergarten teachers on request, and the distribution of surgical masks from the beginning of next week for education staff.

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He also promised ” several thousands “ substitutes “to deal with the crisis”. 8,000 people will thus be called in as reinforcements in schools, at least until the end of the year, the minister specified on Friday 14 January. “You have 3,300 contract workers until the end of the school year”, he said. In addition, “1,500 educational assistants” will be mobilized in the second degree (middle and high schools), as well as “1,500 administrative temporary workers”, in support of the national education inspectors in the first degree, and “1,700 anti-coronavirus mediators”, he detailed, adding that recruitments will begin ” from next week “.

The “mid-CP” evaluations postponed

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

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“We have made concrete progress. Now, actions must follow”, Guislaine David, general secretary of Snuipp-FSU, the first primary union, told AFP after the meeting. “It does not answer everything but we see that we did not strike for nothing”, she added.

Nearly 78,000 people (77,500) demonstrated in France on Thursday, including 8,200 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry, at the call of all the national education unions, who denounced “an indescribable mess” due to health protocols.

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