How are the 2.7 million students forced, with some exceptions, to take their courses at a distance? “Many live less well this second confinement than the first”, answered without hesitation François Germinet, spokesperson for the Conference of University Presidents. This new shift in the whole distancial intervenes, he justifies, “At the worst time”. Particularly for first-year students, who still don’t know the teachers well and haven’t had time to build a support network.
“At the beginning of November the first notes fall. Many students thought they had understood, had met expectations, and they suddenly realized that this was not the case. Fatally, they wonder if they are in their place… We would need to have them on hand to re-motivate them. ”
To find out if the loss, usually high in License 1 (“From 30 to 40%”), will be even stronger, it will be necessary to wait for the defections to the first partials. But François Germinet is quite pessimistic, despite the efforts made to support their students from a distance.
“I come to be surprised by the sound of my own voice”
“At least once a week, I tell myself that I’m going to let go of everything”, says 19-year-old Kessy. After dropping out of a law course last year, the young woman, who is destined for international business, enrolled in Chinese. Alone in front of her computer, she tries somehow to learn this language that she has never used. “Everything is going fast, the teacher must complete his session”, she sighs, assuring that she would have “Already stopped” if the health context had not made any job search illusory.
In his “city U”, in Antony (Hauts-de-Seine), many have already passed the delicate course of the first year. To continue or not, the question therefore arises less. But confinement weighs on morale, especially as the collective spaces where to work and eat have been closed. “The deserted corridors are scary, breathes Assia, who is finishing her studies in pharmacy. After a day without speaking to anyone, I am surprised by the sound of my own voice. “
Originally from Algeria, the young woman has no family in France. And can not return to his parents because the borders are closed. “If I died in my room, no one would realize it for days, she often thinks. Fortunately, the administration calls us once a week to check on us. “
“A generation sacrificed”
Going over the same questions, some let themselves be overcome by frustration, like Cylia, 26, who is completing her “MBA” (1) in IT management. “I spend my time wondering if all my efforts have a meaning, if I will be able to promote on the job market this training which cost me 10,000 €”, worries the young woman, who, while studying, had to work as a cashier.
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She feels she belongs to “A sacrificed generation” or who must in any case sometimes consent “Real sacrifices”, observes in Montpellier the diocesan delegate of Secours Catholique, Amélie Corpet: “Some people are satisfied with one meal a day to be able to pay for an Internet connection and continue studying. “
A crisis line at the University of Montpellier
Like this student who came to ask for food aid “While waiting to be able to find a job”, students who knock on the door of Secours Catholique are often “Combative”, rejoices Amélie Corpet. But for some, material precariousness and psychological difficulty add up. “Those who before confinement managed by going to sleep with some, with others often find themselves on the streets or in squats. The number of students without stable accommodation in Montpellier is estimated at 200 ”, she laments.
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In this city, the experience of the first confinement led the university to set up a telephone line accessible 6 days a week. Since November 5, 130 students have dialed the number. A third of them are in great distress. “Some, very angry, need to empty their bags. Others develop anxiety disorders ”, notes Cécile Neuville, coordinator of this listening platform, which sometimes directs them towards medical care.
Referents in each university campus
The government has decided to create 1,600 referent positions, two per university campus. The regional centers of university and social works (Crous) will recruit students responsible for creating links with the inhabitants of these residences. “It will be a question of encouraging a student life respecting barrier gestures, for example by organizing online cooking classes”, specifies the entourage of the Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal. “Their mission will also be to identify any difficulties (psychological, material, medical, etc.) and then direct the person to the appropriate service. “