” Fed up “ : anger is strong in the educational community facing the waltz of the Covid protocols. Nearly 38.5% of teachers are on strike in kindergartens and elementary schools, according to the education ministry, while the SNUipp-FSU, the first primary union, announces 75% of strikers and one in two schools closed.
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This “Is not a strike against the virus but it illustrates the growing fed-up in schools” according to this union, with reference to the words of the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who had spoken of a “Strike against the virus”.
All the teachers’ unions, which have joined in particular, and rarely do, the inspectors of national education or the heads of establishments, called for strikes and demonstrations during the day, denouncing “An indescribable mess” due to health protocols.
“There is too much mismatch between the given constraints and the reality on the ground, everyone is exhausted”, Patrick Roumagnac, secretary general of the national education inspectorate union, explained to AFP.
Call for the resignation of the Minister of Education
In Clermont-Ferrand, a procession of 1,200 people, according to the prefecture, and 1,500 people, according to a union, started around 10:30 am, with signs calling for the resignation of the Minister of Education. “Against this virus, I am going on strike because I attest on my honor to be poorly paid and to be despised by my minister”, could we read under a photo of Jean-Michel Blanquer.
In Rennes, 4,500 demonstrators according to the organizers, 2,200 according to the police, left the city center to go in front of the rectorate, with slogans such as “My sign is rotten, so is your protocol” Where “Renewing the air, firing Jean-Michel Blanquer”. In Marseille, where the posters “Closed school” were numerous on the doors of the establishments, the morning procession numbered 2,200 demonstrators according to the police headquarters. The lack of resources was highlighted on the signs: “Less contempt, more resources”, “Jean-Michel Blanquer, we want a nurse” or “Order, order, disorder”.
High school students and parents of students in the ranks of the strikers
Beyond education professionals, the high school movements FIDL, MNL and La Voix lycéenne, as well as the FCPE, the first organization of parents of pupils, have also joined the movement, the latter inviting parents to mobilize. The Unaape (National Union of Autonomous Associations of Parents of Students) also called “To support the movement of all educational teams out of solidarity”, according to its president Patrick Salaün.
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Since 2000, the strongest mobilization in education dates from May 13, 2003, when teachers went on strike to protest against François Fillon’s pension reform. The strike rate had then reached 74% in the first degree, 70.5% in college, 65% in general and technological high school and 62.2% in vocational high school.