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Difficult return to Oise: “Some teachers found out the day before that they were assigned at 2:30 from home.”

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In connection with the lack of teachers, the beginning of the 2022/2023 school year was marked by concern. In Oise, “Madame la DASEN (Emmanuelle Compagnon, academic director of the National Education Services, editor’s note) I’ll say it’s successful because we have a teacher in front of every class, but in reality it’s extremely complicated for school staff, principals and colleagues entering their careers.” Nathalie Puissant of the UNSA teachers’ union is concerned. He is in charge of the first grade (from kindergarten to CM2). According to her: “The teachers who start the year are not likely to be the ones who finish it.”.

All substitutes are already mobilized

In universities and secondary schools, the same: “It’s just in time says Xavier Leneveu academic secretary of SE-UNSAactually exists a teacher in front of every class” as they say, I think we are right, we have to admit that the services have done an insane job”. However, even here, the union teacher believes that he “there is no margin”.

Without a margin: understand that National Education has mobilized absolutely all its personnel resources: “We went from 3% of contract employees to 5%” in Xavier Leneveu’s high school notes. Contract teachers are teachers who did not pass or did not win the competition. Nathalie Puissant summarizes: “All contract staff who are usually deputized are now in front of classrooms, meaning that if there are any teacher shortages in schools in the coming weeks, there will be no one to replace them. Covid has not gone away, this scenario should happen quickly: “We have about thirty teachers who are not returning to school because they are positive for Covid,” emphasizes the trade unionist.

Aurélie Bergeron, co-secretary of the FSU-SNUipp department on the part of the school notes the discrepancies: “All substitutes are already assigned to positions”confirms, but at the same time “We have a considerable number, perhaps around fifty, of young fellows who are currently out of work…”. Bad situation: “Many colleagues cried yesterday (Wednesday, editor’s note) at a meeting where they were told that they would be assigned to classes as trainees, as observers! For newly graduated colleagues, this means an infantile step back.”

Last assignments sent the day before the start of the school year

Tears among the untouched teachers and fear among those who have a place…located hours from their home. In Oise, these situations are very common. No doubt partly due to the incredible conditions in which the tasks were carried out at the last minute. “On Monday, August 29, more than 200 colleagues were without work. In the afternoon, about 60% received an assignment, the last one was yesterday, Wednesday, at the end of the day, a few hours before the school year began. says Nathalie Puissant. With sometimes very difficult personal consequences: “Some young colleagues find themselves facing more than 2.5 hours of travel between their home and business, the vast majority have more than 1 hour, knowing that they have not had time to organize themselves.”. A specific example in 1ahem grade: “Since the competition is academic, in Oise we have disabled people who come from the coast of the Somme: Cayeux, Rue, Abbeville… But the administration does not ask questions and puts them, for example, in Creil. Can you imagine driving to Abbeville station, then taking the train to Amiens and finally to Creil every day?, asks Nathalie Puissant. The same in the second degree. Xavier Leneveu explains the peculiarity of the Oise: “Half of the academy’s students are in Oise, so the department has significant teacher needs.” However, some teachers who failed to get first choice found themselves parachuted into our department. “That is the case with many colleagues who come from the Lille academy. If they are assigned to Péronne or Amiens (Somme) it will still pass, but when they come to the south of the Oise, it is very complicated., illustrates. Maxime Paruch from SE-UNSA specifies : “Due to this specificity of the department, we also find in Oise the largest number of colleagues who come here “standardly”: for years, with work dating (recruitment of suppliers carried out at the end of last year, editor’s note), etc., many people who were looking for a second career turned to teaching by taking competitive exams. But those are older people, already settled, less mobile.”

He lives in Dunkirk, is appointed to Saint-Maximin

Some “young” graduates are already hesitant to resign, such as this teacher who has joint custody of his children, lives in Dunkirk and is assigned to Saint-Maximin… As for schools, Nathalie Puissant confirms that several new holders have already made a cross to their competition: “Perhaps because they had a few competitions and decided not to teach, but some no doubt because of the conditions of this new school year.”. And according to Aurélie Bergeron, national education services are not always kind: “They are overwhelmed, they cannot respond to the demands of colleagues who are worried about their role, and the answers are sometimes borderline: a disabled colleague very far from home was told ‘if you are not satisfied, quit'”.

Difficult working conditions for the new ones

Finally, this worrying back to school at the right time “about the conditions in which teaching will take place”, insists Maxime Paruch. Especially for all these new teachers who will be parachuted in front of the classrooms full-time. “Normally, these students have to start part-time: time in front of class, time in training. The training is beneficial for… of course the training, the exchange of information with colleagues about his procedures, his difficulties and also breathing”. Due to the lack of teachers, these very young teachers are thrown directly into the background. Xavier Leneveu abounds in: “In Oise, we have an extremely contrasting social reality of the public, finding your first full-time job in front of demanding students, without hindsight, is very complicated.”

A reality that could also lead to interruption of work or resignation. The coming weeks are already looking complicated.

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