To respond to the worsening of the Covid-19 epidemic, the health protocol will be strengthened in high schools, which will be able to switch to more distance courses provided they keep at least 50% of face-to-face lessons, announced, Thursday, November 5 in the evening, the Minister of Education.
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And to take into account the consequences of the crisis on the preparation of the baccalaureate, Jean-Michel Blanquer has also announced adaptations, in particular the cancellation of the common evaluation tests of first and final for the benefit of continuous assessment.
Since the return from the All Saints holidays, discontent has been mounting to denounce a health protocol deemed, by many, insufficient in high schools with often crowded classes.
Measures in place since the start of the school year “Are obviously more difficult to apply in high school, where student movements are more numerous and more frequent, and the organization of school catering more complex”, acknowledged the Minister in a letter sent to the heads of establishments, after consulting the trade unions.
In order to limit the risk of contagion of the virus, “It is now necessary for each high school to establish an educational continuity plan, implemented until the next school holidays, which guarantees at least 50% of face-to-face teaching for each student”, he asks.
“All students must work during the entire regular school time, whether in class, in virtual classes or independently”, he specifies. Each establishment will be able to organize itself as it wishes, favoring “Reception in half-groups”, “Reception by level” or “Remote work one or two days a week”.
Cancellation of certain bac exams
In parallel, “To take into account the consequences of the health crisis on the preparation conditions for the general and technological baccalaureate”, the minister also decided on measures, ” exceptionally “, for this year 2020-2021, when the new bac was to come into full force.
The common evaluations (formerly called E3C) planned in first and final will be canceled and replaced by continuous assessment thanks to the inclusion of school report scores.
This measure concerns history-geography, modern languages, and the specialty that is not pursued in the final year, as well as mathematics for the technological path, and scientific education for the general path.
The face-to-face maintained at the college
The minister, however, ruled out opting for distance education at college. “The situation at the college is very different”, he justified Friday, November 6 on RTL. In these establishments, it is ” easier “ to keep the students in a single class, because they do not have any specialization lessons. Students are also ” younger “ and pose, according to him, “Less contamination problems”.
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Of the 12 million students and one million teachers in France, the minister indicated the figure of “3,528 students who test positive and 1,165 staff”. “A controlled figure” he judged.