A rally in front of Dolto College in L’Aigle following Pap NDiaye’s announcements

On the banners, the teachers’ demands ©Le Réveil Normand

On Tuesday 17 January, at the request of the FSU, a gathering day was organized on the subject of working conditions in the National Education and Salary Review. A rally was organized in front Dolto Middle School from L’Aigle (Orne), “what triggered this action were the messages from Pap Ndiaye”, explains Sophie Leroux, branch secretary of Orne from SNES-FSU.

Among the announcements made by the Minister for Education on 12 January, one in particular caused the teachers’ college to jump. “To alleviate the difficulties of sixth form students who are not at the level when they arrive, school teachers will intervene for one hour a week in secondary schools”, developer Sophie Leroux.

“We go upside down”

Problem ? This hour of reinforcement will be detrimental to the teaching of technology, which is disappearing from sixth form curricula.

Also, primary school teachers meet at the college for support “as they had nothing to do in their institution and as we did not take care of the students’ difficulties”. The department secretary of SNES-FSU acknowledges a level problem, “27% of students arrive at college without the level”.

An hour a week to solve the problem is cheating.

Sophie Leroux, Orne branch secretary of SNES-FSU

This deletion of hours of technology for sixth grades will be carried out at the teachers’ expense, “Our colleagues will lose hours. They will find themselves in a shared position, there will be deleted positions”.

A suppression of the material, although “we are asked to highlight the technological professions”. A “really scandalous” situation which brought together a small thirty people in front of Dolto College during the rally.

A situation that worries Sébastien, the college’s only technology teacher.

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This reform exists to hide a budget decision on technology, which consists of alleviating the difficulties of recruitment.

Sébastien, technology teacher at Dolto

A decision which, according to him, goes ‘contrary to what is required of teachers in this discipline, who must promote technology, because companies are struggling to recruit in their subject. We go upside down”.

The teacher readily recognizes that the students need Help in mastering the language and in mastering mathematical concepts, “but they also need the cultural openness that the discipline provides, which arouses their interest and motivation”.

120 positions eliminated by the start of the 2023 school year

In addition to this notice is removal of posts the announcement also makes the teachers jump.

At the start of the 2023 school year, 480 national youth education positions were cut. Normandy alone occupies a quarter, i.e. 120 positions.

Sophie Leroux, Orne branch secretary of SNES-FSU

Deletions coming though class sizes are an issue. “We are 28 in sixth, but we drop to 30 in fifth, fourth and third. Working conditions and assistance to students are very complicated”.

These working conditions are pushing the union to campaign for a pay rise. “Teachers in France are among the lowest paid in all of Europe” with “the most difficult working conditions”.

Students without a teacher

Sophie Leroux, who is also a teacher at the Françoise Dolto college in addition to being the department secretary of SNES-FSU, is saddened by the lack of replacements in certain subjects. “For example, at Dolto College, since the start of the 2022 school year in modern letters, we have 7 non-replaced weeks for third grade students. In technology, sixth forms lost 13 weeks.

Today, several emotions are pushing the teachers to join forces, “we are angry, we have had enough.” We are totally sorry, it’s a shame. A question arises: “Are we waiting to have both knees on the ground like the health sector? asks Sophie Leroux.

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