They protest against the lack of replacement and insufficient support for children with disabilities.
The parents of Bagno, elected to the Parents’ Associations, committed, vigilant and concerned, no longer know what to do with the problems that are preventing their children’s schooling. In recent months, they have written several letters to alert the academic regulator and the Ministry of National Education. Without answer “Around me I hear a lot of people who want to go private, that doesn’t solve the problems”protests a mother.
1. Lack of replacement
In both primary and secondary education, the already significant shortage of substitutes has been exacerbated by the health crisis. “We row to get a replacement. As soon as we learn that a teacher is absent, we call the parents, every morning if necessary. It’s worked, but it’s pulling substitutes from other schools.”sums up Anne-Cécile Bertrand, whose son is being brought up by Célestin-Freinet.
For the 2020-2021 school year, this school’s thirteen classes suffered 122 unreplaced days, of which 87 days for a single class. Another example: last year maternity leave was not replaced at Gérard Philippe College, so the college students were deprived of mathematics classes for a month and a half.
Asked by Free lunchagrees Philippe Maheu, Academic Director of the National Education Services of Gard (Dasen): “We are struggling to fill all vacancies in our departments. I do not deny these difficulties. The Gard is not alone in this situation.”
In normal times, the spare capacity is 8%, specifies Philippe Maheu. Last week, 12-13% were missing. He reminds that the country is going through “A completely unprecedented crisis” and that the incidence rate of the virus is still high, “Positive ones are gone for seven days. This has consequences for our replacement capacities.”. His departments report daily to the supervising ministry on the situation of the department and “We try to give the best and to improve the public service”.
2. Missing places in the Ulis class
Since the beginning of the school year, the teachers at the Gérard Philippe College had sounded the alarm. The situation is causing difficulties for teachers and students. Returning to the 6th grade, six children with disabilities who should have benefited from the Ulis system (professional unit for inclusive education) ended up in a full-time “normal” class due to a lack of places.
“It’s abuse. says a teacher. We pushed them into 6th grade, the kids are doomed. You have the schedule of a normal student. You will be left out. They don’t have the same language, the same maturity, the same approach to things.”
In October, the warning to their management led to a three-hour training session for teachers. The latter called for the opening of an adapted class. “We have worked with the Principal and his teams to ensure that these children are better received, replies Philippe Maheu. In fact, the number of children with disabilities is significant. The Department House for Persons with Disabilities (MDPH) reviews the situation of these children and reports the need for assistance with either appropriate equipment or human assistance to AESH, National Education Staff. We open more Ulis classes every year. There will be three new ones in the Gard at the start of the 2022 school year, including one at Le Bosquet College in Bagnols.
3. Less AVS/AESH hours
Parents are also concerned about the reduction in the number of hours of AVS or AESH, those professionals who accompany these students in difficulty. “Since the beginning of the school year, the MDPH no longer communicates the number of hours. It is the National Education that organizes. It is common for an AESH to be pooled for three or four children. And if 2, 3, 4 children in a class are in trouble and the common AVS is not there, the children are there. The teacher doesn’t come out. If there is no individualized AVS, the child will not be admitted”Parents are outraged.
The Dasen replies that he sees no reduction in support hours. “It’s not me who decides, but the MDPH. I’m obliged to respect the decisions of the MDPH.”