Covid-19: more than 14.00 classes closed, a record since the start of the epidemic

A new record. The number of classes closed due to the Covid-19 epidemic stood at 14,380 on Friday January 14 against 9,202 last week, the highest level since spring 2020, announced the Ministry of Education. national. This figure includes classes that are closed due to cases of Covid-19, despite the removal of the rule of class closure for three cases of Covid, and those that are due to the absence of teachers. This represents 2.73% of the country’s 527,200 classes.

Before the Christmas holidays, only 2,970 classes were closed, then this figure rose quickly after the start of the school year under the effect of the Omicron wave. By comparison, last April, the number of closed classes had increased to more than 11,000 (11,272 classes on April 2) before schools closed for several weeks. 226 school structures are closed (0.38%), including 194 schools, 21 colleges and 11 high schools, the ministry said in its press release.

More than 300,000 cases of Covid confirmed among students

Regarding contamination, some 331,775 cases of Covid have been confirmed among students and 25,571 among staff in total over the last seven days, added the ministry, while infections have multiplied in schools since the start of the school year.

Exasperated in particular by the waltz of protocols in the face of the health situation, teachers and other National Education staff carried out a large strike on Thursday, at the end of which the government promised them FFP2 masks and replacements.

After these announcements, which it considered insufficient, the Sud Education union called on Friday for a new strike on January 20. This union demands “immediate recruitment”, the postponement of the baccalaureate specialty tests scheduled for March and “a collective budget to provide means for education”.

“There will be different forms of mobilization” in the coming weeks, Guislaine David, general secretary of SNUipp-FSU, the first primary union, told AFP after an inter-union meeting. “But in some places we will have prospects for action, with in any case also in perspective for some of the inter-union on January 27 the” interprofessional “mobilization on wages”, she added.

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