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Parcoursup: the mention “100% face-to-face” worries higher education



“100% face-to-face course monitoring”. The SNES-FSU secondary school union, in a press release dated April 26, is alarmed by the feedback from teachers in higher education establishments concerning ” of files, in particular private ”, with this mention, on Parcoursup. The instrumentalization of this “Situation of inequality “Among high school students, as a guarantee of better learning, worries the union.

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According to him, a consequence of the decision of the Ministry of National Education not to impose a national framework, forcing all high schools to respect the limit of 50% of students present in the establishment, called “half-gauge”. This has only been “recommended” since November in secondary school to limit the spread of the epidemic.

120 reports in the Nice academy

“Each school has made its own arrangements, depending on the size of the premises available, the number of students and the local health status”, explains Vivien Joby, director of two private high schools and a BTS in Saint-Malo. He himself was able to continue to welcome all the students in his vocational school. “But we did not put this forward in the files of our students”, he specifies. Currently in the process of recruiting for the BTS of one of its establishments, he has indeed noticed the putting forward of an argument “100% face-to-face “, “But only in motivation letters from students, in a very marginal way”.

The SNES-FSU indicates, for its part, to have received from teachers of the superior responsible for sorting applications for Preparatory Classes for Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) about 120 reports of high schools using this mention, just in the Academy of Nice. . For Anne Roger, the general secretary of the upper branch of the union, SNESUP, “It may remain tempting for certain higher education establishments to recruit students who have received face-to-face training which could be of better quality”.

On the side of the Conférence des grandes écoles, “We did not encounter this scenario during recruitment”, says Laurent Champaney, its president. “But if that were the case, this mention would have no impact on our recruitments, he emphasizes. Our recruitment criteria are transparent, and the ability to have taken face-to-face courses is not one of them, because it does not depend on the students ”. Ditto for Vivien Joby, for who he is “Out of the question that students suffer more from health constraints”.

“We must trust the higher education institutions”

SNES-FSU asks the Ministry of Higher Education “To intervene officially to condemn this mention”, but above all to firmly prohibit its use. The latter reacted jointly with the Ministry of National Education, affirming that “This mention can in no way constitute a criterion for assessing applications”. The ministries also recall that the valid recruitment criteria are already published. “On the Parcoursup training sheets”, available since December 20.

“We must finally trust the higher education teachers who have had to manage the consequences of the Covid and are able to appreciate the completely inappropriate nature of such assessments”, adds the Ministry of Higher Education. For Laurent Champaney, a ban is indeed not necessary. “We have been very affected by the gauges and restrictions in higher education, and are therefore very sensitive to their consequences on students”, he assures.

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