EDUCATION/ Carers of students with disabilities feel empowered

The Accompanying Students with Disabilities (AESH) of Guadeloupe vented their anger yesterday. They denounce inequalities in benefit rates and “deplorable working conditions”. At the request of the SPEG, a rally was organized in front of the rectorate. The rector accepted them.

The profession of accompanying person for pupils with disabilities (AESH) is one of the concrete expressions of the national will to enable all children to attend school. Those who perform this function encourage the autonomy of students in difficulty because they present pathologies of various kinds. “They are key players contributing to the building of a fully inclusive school to provide every student with an education adapted to their needs from kindergarten to high school.states the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport on its website.

Her role in the school should therefore have been valued and rewarding to people who chose this profession.

But in Guadeloupe, the majority of the Academy’s 1110 AESH complain about discrediting, injustice and “disastrous working conditions”.
Hence the mobilization organized yesterday (Thursday, March 31, 2022) at the initiative of the Union of National Education Staff in Guadeloupe (SPEG).

Mobilization of the AESH in Guadeloupe - 03/31/2022.

Mobilization of the AESH in Guadeloupe – 03/31/2022.



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As of 9:00 am Thursday, the AESH were several dozen, all gathered in front of the headquarters of the Guadeloupe Rectorate, in Dothémare, in Les Abymes.

These professionals believe they are poorly paid, particularly because of insufficient hours. Also, they are not all housed in the same boat. In fact, there are two management centers for AESH locally: the Rectorate and the College of Raizet. It turns out that those who rely on Raizet have been able to increase their hours up to a 62% service rate, while the others stagnate at 50%.
According to Jean Dernault, Secretary General of SPEG, this is discrimination:

Jean Dernault, Secretary General of SPEG



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In addition, the AESH all accompany several students with different profiles, different ages, trained at different levels and in different institutions (schools, colleges or high schools), sometimes far away.
Sabrina Jeanne experiences this mystery every day. She accompanies students with disabilities herself and looks after five children with special educational needs: two are taught in CP, one in CE1 and two in CM1.

Sabrina Jeanne, AESH



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Instead of giving us the funds for a truly inclusive school, what is actually being done is quite simply an accounting policy that only aims to make the funds viable and save money at all costs!”denounces the SPEG in a leaflet.
The union demands, among other things, an assignment to a maximum of two neighboring institutions and the support of a maximum of two students by AESH.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, the principal of the Guadeloupe Academy, Christine Gangloff-Ziegler, received a delegation of strikers and the SPEG.
The discussion lasted almost an hour and a half.

According to the Rector, the issues raised are raised at national level and are already being taken into account by the Ministry.

On site, Ms. Gangloff-Ziegler acknowledges that resources are allocated to one management center and not the other.

She understands that today’s mobilized workers want to accelerate their upgrading in terms of working hours and salary. This possibility should be examinedwithin the funds entrusted to us by the Ministry”She says.

Christine Gangloff-Ziegler, Principal of the Guadeloupe Academy.



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Christine Gangloff-Ziegler also wanted to remind that the AESH profession has evolved a lot in recent years to enable the inclusion of all children.

Christine Gangloff-Ziegler, Principal of the Guadeloupe Academy.



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The AESH was therefore asked to wait for the results of the talks with the ministry.
But the presidential election should intervene in the meantime.

Mobilization of the AESH in Guadeloupe - 03/31/2022.

Mobilization of the AESH in Guadeloupe – 03/31/2022.



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