The Minister of Education, Caroline Désir, met with union representatives on Saturday after the turmoil caused by the announcement of a resumption of lessons in nursery and primary education.
The dates of June 2 and 8 remain current but these are the days “from which” classes can resume, and the organizing authorities can decide to postpone the resumption, she said. The concertation committee decided on Wednesday to authorize the return to school of all kindergartens from June 2 and the primaries on June 8.
Faced with these “non-concerted” decisions, the CGSP-Education announced Friday that it had filed a notice covering any action by its affiliates from June 2 to 5. The socialist union is also calling on Minister Désir to postpone the resumption of classes until June 8 at the earliest.
In the process, the SLFP and the CSC-Teaching also denounced measures taken hastily and without consultation and in turn requested a postponement of the resumption of lessons.
The unions expressed on Saturday the difficulties experienced by their affiliates with regard to the conditions for this recovery. They listed the practical questions that arise in applying the circular framing this resumption of classes.
“The meeting took place in a constructive climate and the minister answered all of the questions,” said a press release sent by Ms. Désir.
The Minister expressed her understanding regarding the “feeling” of the actors in the field in the face of this rapid development of health recommendations and the impact of these in the organization of schools.
The decision made on Wednesday is based on the opinion of experts and pediatricians, who have changed significantly since the definition of the first phase of recovery on April 24, she repeated.
The experts “were able to trace a path allowing to offer the possibility to the children to find the way of the school while taking into account safety imperatives”, she estimates. “Returning to school will primarily restore social contact between students on the one hand, and between students and educational teams on the other, essential elements to contribute to the well-being and development of children”.
The announced dates of June 2 and June 8 remain unchanged. The Minister recalls, however, that these are the dates “from” on which lessons can resume. The organizing powers can decide to postpone the resumption by a few days and fix its exact moment “so that it takes place in serene conditions”, she specifies.