Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols

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Teachers across France staged a mass walkout on Thursday to protest the ever-changing COVID-19 rules in the education sector, which they say fail to protect teachers and students.

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Why this matters: Protests erupted in towns across the country, forcing schools to close, although officials did not say how many schools had to be closed on Thursday. About 58% of teachers attended in Paris, leading to the closure of about 200 schools. mayor’s office said.

By numbers: French Ministry of Education Estimated That along with about 24% of secondary school teachers, about 38% of primary school teachers took part in the strike.

  • Trade and teachers unions claim that about 75% of primary teachers and 62% of secondary teachers participated in the strike Guardian,
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Reference: The government on January 2 outlined a complex system of rules for classroom COVID-19 testing. It then announced new changes on Monday and Tuesday. Many teachers were frustrated by the ever-changing rules, which they also find inadequate, CNN Reported.

  • Teachers have also been concerned about a rise in cases among students, and a lack of protective equipment.

Background: France records more than 368,000 new infections on Tuesday ReutersAs the country continues to set records for infections, classes have been shut down and the virus spread among students.

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What are they saying: Snoop-FSU, a leading union of elementary school personnel, said in a statement that the “walkout” is not a strike against the virus, but reflects growing frustration in schools. Statement Tuesday.

  • “The current protocol not only fails to protect students, staff and their families, but it also leaves the school in complete disarray.”

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