It was in keeping with the times. But Jean Michel Blanquer is speeding up the process just days before his departure from Rue de Grenelle. A decree published this morning in the Official Journal creates the PCE: Teachers of Educational Continuity. They take over the replacement care in the first and second degree remotely with “Gille” robots. For the Ministry, the PCEs are the solution to the succession problem. This measure is accompanied by a digital equipment program, which is intended in particular for the first degree.
Fix an old problem
As the Covid epidemic (literally) doubles in schools and institutions, the issue of emergency replacements in schools and institutions is once again essential. Honestly, this is an old problem. For years, the Court of Auditors has been demanding the inclusion of substitute staff in the official duties of teachers. A Report December 2021 repeat it again for the second degree. The question was also asked at the Grenelle de l’Education in connection with the new missions of the teachers.
At the same time, the pandemic has led all teachers to use digital tools. Hybridization prevailed for months. The idea of keeping it for certain rare teachings was confirmed by the ministry. Last July, before the Commission Formation of the National Assembly, the directors of the ministry showed their interest in this formula. “Time has revealed things and produced teaching practices that may be relevant in expanding classroom instruction,” stated E. Geffray, Dgesco. “We have concerns about improving teacher exchanges,” continued V Soetemont, HRD at the ministry. “We are working on this as part of the Grenelle. We present measures such as funding overtime for AEDs so that they can look after students in the event of hybridization. The use of hybridizations is interesting to improve short-term replacement.”
PCE: From 5 to 12 remote classes
These are the developments confirmed by the decree published this morning. It creates a body of teachers for educational continuity. These PCEs are recruited from school teachers and certified teachers and benefit from a special, much more beneficial grid. Installed in the rectorates, they replace absent teachers from CP to terminale by creating distance learning courses. Each PCE is responsible for 5 undergraduate classes for which it offers distance learning. In the second degree there are 12 classes until the Abitur. Follow-up includes preparation and corrections. Each school and institution will receive a mobile robot equipped with a video projector and camera that allows the PCE to be seen and the class to be monitored. This system will go into operation in the third quarter.
Redistribution of funds and fishing by voters
“We have finally solved the problem of replacement and angling for contract workers,” says Mr Havenet, deputy head of human resources at the ministry. “This system will make it possible to redistribute the posts of the substitutes for the benefit of the students,” M. Barbeau of the Dgesco told us. E Senne of the Directors’ Union was less satisfied. “Unlike secondary schools, we don’t have an AED to monitor students. The task will fall to us.”
At the ministry, HRD’s J Chabot notes that the mobile robot ‘Gille’ eliminates the need for a supervisor to be present. The software permanently shows the view of the classrooms and the robot can move around the rooms. It automatically records the faces of students who are sleeping or dreaming, as well as those of restless students. Cross-references with the student file containing their photograph allow for immediate identification.
With this decision, JM Blanquer defused a future conflict with the unions. the Program by Emmanuel Macron plans to upgrade teachers who will agree to work more in return. The exchange is part of the consideration. This is the condition met. A few days before the election, the outgoing president can show that he has clarified the question of his successor. Brings new voters into his nets.
decree (with the conditions for joining the PCE)