At the end of a historic day of mobilization in national education, which brought together all the links of the educational community, in the public as in the private sector, Jean-Michel Blanquer made new announcements. At the conclusion of nearly three hours of discussions with the trade unions, the Minister recognized “A day of strong mobilization, of which we understood the ins and outs” as well as’“tiredness” in the field.
A bimonthly meeting will now be organized between the Ministry of National Education, that of Health and the unions. Objective: to offer “A dimension of very regular consultation to look at the health issues and the constraints that this places on health protocols”, said Jean-Michel Blanquer. Who slipped: “It’s very important to share information as directly as possible.” A sentence far from trivial as it has been criticized for its method since the start of the crisis: to make announcements to the media and not to staff, often the day before for the next day.
Regarding masks, the Minister of National Education announced that 5 million FFP2 would be “Disseminated” – without specifying when -, “Especially for nursery school teachers, teachers who work with children with disabilities, AESH [accompagnants d’enfants handicapés, ndlr]». To justify the fact that they are not generalized to all personnel, he reiterated that “The High Council of Public Health does not recommend them especially”.
Another reason for claiming for months: CO2 sensors, which measure the air concentration in a classroom or a canteen and therefore realize the urgency of airing. Object, like the air purifiers, of an endless ping-pong game between the State and the communities, Jean-Michel Blanquer recalled that they were “The competence of local authorities”, before affirming that the fund of 20 million euros made available to them in December would be replenished “as required”. According to him, “At this stage, it is not exhausted but let us send back the clear message of the possibility of having the State at their side”.
In order to cope with the lack of replacement professors, Jean-Michel Blanquer announced that 3,300 additional contract workers would be recruited. Since the start of the crisis, the minister has regularly made this type of announcement, which does not really correspond to the demands on the ground. Which, however, seem to have finally been heard, since he added that replacements would also be recruited from the complementary lists of teacher competitions. A long-standing request, because these aspiring teachers are already trained.
To relieve the school lives of middle and high schools, on the front line since the start of the school year to manage the follow-up of Covid cases and contact cases, education assistants will be recruited. The government told union representatives the number of 1,500 until the end of the year. From “Administrative support staff” will also be hired to support school principals, who have their heads under water.
The mid-CP evaluations, scheduled for next week, will be “Postponed to a deadline which will remain to be defined”. As for the specialty exams of the bac, supposed to be held in March and which account for a third of the final mark, Jean-Michel Blanquer paved the way for a postponement, so demanded by teachers and high school students. He did not come forward, however, speaking of a “to analyse” the situation with the trade unions, “To see if it is appropriate to [les] repel”. The decision will be made “In the very near future”.
“For the first time, we were heard a little and we were given certain answers, reacts Frédéric Marchand, from Unsa Education. But we will judge on documents. “ His colleague from Snalc, Jean-Rémi Girard, judges that“It was necessary to arrive at a unitary strike […] so that we can begin to listen to the demands that have been formulated over the past year and a half. The way is still long. We are missing the main subject of this mobilization: respect for all staff. ” “There have been advances but they are insufficient, believes Jules Siran, from South Education. Recruitments are insufficient ” and will be done via “Precarious personnel”.
For the Snes-FSU, Sophié Vénétitay considers that there was on the part of the Minister a “Opening sign” on the specialties of the bac. But, overall, “It remains to be seen whether the fine words and the commitments of the day will hold in the long term”. An inter-union will meet on Friday afternoon to find out what follow-up to the mobilization.