What about power cuts in schools? The Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, clarified on Thursday the terms of these load shedding.
Schools will not be spared from power cuts this winter. These rotating and programmed load shedding will last two hours and will only take place in the event of excessive voltage on the electricity network, at times of peak consumption: in the morning between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and in the evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. They will only affect certain parts of the territory, never an entire department or the same sectors twice.
Consequence: schools, colleges and high schools located in the areas relieved in the morning will close to prevent students from finding themselves without light, heating or security alarm. The return of students will then take place “at the beginning of the afternoon with probably a meal planned for the students who are in the canteen”said Thursday the Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, without indicating whether these emergency meals would be prepared in the canteen or elsewhere, and at what time they would be distributed if a cut was announced the day before for the next morning. “In rural areas, the cooking is done on site and even in central kitchens, it takes a little time to heat up all the dishes. We do not prepare food a quarter of an hour before the arrival of the students.replies Guislaine David, secretary general of the SNUipp-FSU.
“We had alerted the ministry in August without having an answer”
Schools located near priority structures, such as hospitals, police stations or fire stations “will not be subject to load shedding”, said Pap Ndiaye. For the rest, several questions remain unanswered. How will students transported by school bus be able to come at lunchtime, knowing that bus rotations only take place early in the morning and at the end of the day? How to adapt the schedules of the drivers? What will happen to students in boarding school? Will their families have to collect them at the last minute in the event of announcements of power cuts? How will teachers whose school will remain open when their child’s school will be closed? What will educational continuity look like knowing that neither the students nor their teachers will have electricity at home? “We had alerted the ministry as early as August to these risks of high voltage without ever having an answer, regrets Sophie Vénétitay, secretary general of the SNES-FSU. Why is education simply not considered a priority?
The Ministry of Education, which has an appointment this Friday afternoon with the teacher unions to address this subject, will work in the coming weeks hand in hand with the local authorities. Pap Ndiaye clarified that “sheets” will be sent to schools to be ready when scheduled power cuts occur.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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