French teachers strike to protest against Kovid-19 school protocol

At least 62% of high school and middle school teachers are also reported to be striking, according to the union representing them.

In Paris, 58% of teachers are on strike, and nearly 200 schools are closed on Thursday, according to the mayor’s office.

Protests are expected to begin at 1:30 pm local time in Paris, according to teachers’ unions. However, small groups of teachers were seen taking to the streets by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as well as other cities on Thursday morning.

France’s education ministry told CNN on Thursday that it did not yet have official data on the size of the strike.

A French trade unionist, speaking on radio station France Info on Thursday morning, said the strike was “not against the virus”, but “against a lack of consultation”.

Laurent Berger, head of the French Democratic Confederation of Labour, whose union joined the strike on Thursday, said schools learned about the new protocol just a day before the start of the new school year, adding that the rules were “all the time”. “Were changing.

Teachers and workers are “fed up”, according to Berger, who accused Education Minister Jean-Michel Blancar of “mishandling” the pandemic in schools.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jean Casteux announced a softening of the testing protocol for French students introduced in early January.

Before returning to school, students will now have to take only three COVID-19 tests at home after a positive case in their class.