Skip to comments.'Sick of Zoom': Teachers and students rally in France for more virus support
Posted on 01/27/2021 5:00:38 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
French schoolteachers and university students staged nationwide strikes and protests on Tuesday as they joined forces to demand more government support amid the pandemic.
“No virus protocol, no school!” read posters carried by schoolteachers, demanding better virus protections at their schools, which have remained open since September amid concern over learning gaps and to ease the burden on working parents.
“Sick of Zoom!” chanted university students, frustrated that they've been barred from campuses since October.
Aside from virus fears, the common concern at Tuesday's protests in Paris, Marseille and other cities around France was economic.
Teachers unions, who are negotiating with the government for improved conditions, want higher salaries and for the government to hire more educators after years of cost cuts.
At a rally in the western city of Rennes, Axel Benoist, the head of the Snuep-FSU union, said teachers had lost "an average of 275 euros per month in purchasing power over the past decade".
Other protesters stressed the need to hire more supply teachers, noting that colleagues are seldom replaced when they fall sick.
The education ministry said about 12% of teachers nationwide took part in Tuesday's strike, though unions said the figure was higher.
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My grandson is in 2nd grade and has been having to do this home learning all this year, Zoom and such stuff. He is showing straight As, but if truth be told, his mom is the one getting them, not him.
I think this year should be thrown out and have every student who was not allowed to go to school, repeat the last grade when they get to go back.
Waaaah! Bunch of little cry babies. Be thankful they have the opportunity for any sort of education. They’re welcome to sleep in all day and live the rest of their lives in mama’s basement not knowing how to add 2 + 2.
His mama needs a good talking to. Truth be told, she’s failing him.
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