Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer promises personalized support for students at the start of the school year. In the field, teachers and school leaders ask for additional resources.
Will schoolchildren, middle and high school students return to class in September? The health protocol will it be deleted? On the contrary, should we expect distance education and new student rotations, as in the first stage of deconfinement ?
“We have no response from the ministry at this point, notes Bruno Bobkiewicz, from SNPDEN (union of school leaders). Only the rector told us to prepare for a normal start to the school year. We are therefore making progress on welcoming all the students. “
An “ultra-involuntary” plan against dropping out
“We don’t know where we will be in September, he acknowledged Jean-Michel Blanquer monday on France Inter. Either the virus has completely disappeared and we resume as normal. Either it is not very present as now , and re-entry takes place with the simplified distance rules. Either the virus is very present, and we welcome students to class […] in small groups, while others do activities elsewhere. “
Only certainty for the Minister, there will be a plan “Ultravolontariste” about dropping out in September. “Potentially all students” will he be concerned, he promised: “Assessment tools” will be made available to teachers to identify student shortcomings after three months of distance education.
“Time consuming assessments”
In CP, CE1, 6e and second, the already mandatory assessments will be maintained. That of 6e will be even “Particularly robust in French and math”. But the minister also promises “Enhanced assessment tools” for other levels and recommend “Strongly” teachers to use them to trigger “Personalized help”.
“No need to weigh down the start of the school year with very time-consuming assessments, reacts Sébastien Vieille, to Snalc, the teachers’ union. Teachers can assess a student’s level on their own. “ For this English teacher, individualized monitoring of students or in small groups can only be done outside of school hours and with “Budgeted means”.
— SNALC (@SNALC_National) June 24, 2020
Teachers and principals claim overtime
Same observation for the principal Bruno Bobkiewicz: “We need a specific endowment. And let us know right now how much overtime we will have. In working days, the start of September is two weeks away! “
In addition to the hours, Claire Guéville, at Snes-FSU (majority in college and high school), is also worried about the planned abolition of a thousand posts in high school. “However, it will take many teachers to provide these hours of support …”
Will the programs be reviewed?
Finally, the question of programs is also central. “They must be reviewed. We will not be able to make up for three months of school in a few days at the start of the school year. The programs must be reviewed ”, argues Francette Popineau, in the SnuiPP (majority in primary). “Adjusting the programs to make this year transient would free everyone and it costs nothing! “, defends Claire Guéville.
It is urgent to prepare for the return to school in September. Still no precise information while we are at the end of June. Back to school is getting ready! Find the analyzes and claims of the @SNESFSU https://t.co/KMDBVqZQLd # PrioritySeptember pic.twitter.com/vLjxHqb7kO
— SNES-FSU (@SNESFSU) June 23, 2020
However, this option is not “Neither possible nor desirable” Said June 12, Souâd Ayada, President of the Higher Program Council, to the press agency AEF, taking into account “The variety of situations” experienced by students. She rather wants “Reaffirm the national framework” from school.
Hopefully, the return circular, scheduled for June 30 or July 2, will clarify the situation for the educational teams.