The students of the collège Voltaire in Sarcelles, in the department of Val-d'oise, will not return to class in September. As reported by our colleagues from Paris, the teachers of this institution REP (a network of priority education) have filed a strike notice for September. The action, approved unanimously at the beginning of the month of July, has received support from the federation of parents of students.
This strike is intended to alert the instances on the average is too low at the disposal of the college, according to the teachers. In their notice of strike, the teachers indicate that they will refuse to take on pupils as long as they will not be receiving some aid : "a seventh class of the fifth, of the human resources in school life, in the maintenance agents, the administrative staff, the health center-social and the canteen ", they write. As highlighted in The new yorker, the crisis of the sars coronavirus has only worsened a situation already denounced in February, while Sarcelles, one of the poorest cities of France, has seen its mortality tripled since the beginning of the epidemic.
classes at 28 students
the pedagogical team of The collège Voltaire claims to have found an important school dropout rate during the confinement. 12% of pupils would be given new, a percentage well above the national average of 4 %. Interviewed by Le Parisien, a teacher is also afraid of ending up with classes to 28 students. With the increase in the number of middle school students, the teachers also observed a significant decrease in the rate of success of the patent, which was 70 % in 2019. "In 2018, when we had less than 24 students per class, graduation was 88 %, this is not a coincidence ", they say. Absenteeism would also soared, with more than 6 000 unexcused absences in 2020.
The federation of parents of students support the strike and wrote letters to the destination of the minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Brigitte Macron and prefect for equal opportunities Sébastien Jallet. "We don't want our children to be sacrificed, they must have the same rights to education as all," say the parents of the students. The City of Sarcelles has called on his side the academy to take " concrete measures ".
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