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Distance education, poor relationship to the health crisis at school

Has “continuity of education”, the name given to distance learning by the national education in the times of Covid-19, become a principle without concrete translation in practice? Some in the education community are decrying it: with the pearly absences associated with the circulation of SARS-CoV-2, class numbers have varied since the start of the school year in January, sometimes even by more than half a day – as everyone had to, until now, get tested at the pharmacy. as soon as a positive case of Covid-19 is announced in your area.

However, on Monday, January 10, Prime Minister Jean Castex, on the day the contact case was discovered, announced the abandonment of the PCR or antigen test: instead, pupils will perform three self-tests, he explained to “20. hours” of France 2 on Monday evenings. A decision that should shorten the wait for students and teachers before they can return to the classroom.

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Will this announcement simplify the organization of distance education? In the context of an explosion in the number of positive cases – more than 300,000 per day – student flows and teacher absences will continue to change from day to day. It still seems difficult to keep this commitment, which the Minister of National Education made in March 2020, in the early hours of labor. However, it is still officially planned in case of isolation due to Covid-19.

“It’s been going on for two years”angers Manuella Delbecq, elected from the Federation of Parents’ Councils (FCPE) of the Montpellier college with a REP+ classification, whose son has missed several months of French lessons – COVID-19 has put too much pressure on the substitute group. “If parents don’t bother the college, nothing will happen.” she condemns. It is as if we start a new health crisis with each wave without learning anything from the previous one. »

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Barbara’s son, who is in the 5th gradee sent an email in the same operation “to all my teachers” before the holidays, when he was in contact with a comrade and “isolated” for a week. “Only two responded to him, including one who put things in a digital workspace (ENT) and another who told him to meet a friend to get lessons.reports. In our case, it is pedagogical continuity. »

“They don’t know where to turn”

At the start of the school year in January 2022, Barbara’s son had several checkups, including one that didn’t go well. “Maybe we organized revisions at home, he was missing things”she regrets without blaming the teachers. “Some are more dedicated than others, as was the case during imprisonment”notes Barbara, before qualifying: “College is so overwhelmed they don’t know where to start. »

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