College at residence: the cantons wish to scale back stress

“I’m at the bottom of the tank. My son has 25 worksheets or exercises this week. There’s been an hour on the same file … “” My child’s teacher said the school was likely to start again on April 27 and that the assessment would be 27 or 28. ‘ our superhero cloak and that with the snap of our fingers we become a teacher. In addition to work… ”

Over the last few days, angry or disappointed parents have commented on the Enseignants Romands COVID-19 Facebook page. The site, which has more than 5,600 members, allows teachers, in particular, to exchange various advice on textbooks, simple housework, the production of video capsules or the organization of teleconferences.

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This Facebook page is a happy catch, which shows the great enthusiasm and ingenuity of many teachers. Some teachers see this as “general chaos.” “Many have been looking for solutions for the absolute very quickly go to school as usual from day one, a teacher from Vaud testifies. At that time, there was no official tool and no way of coordinating things was known and controlled.

Families were quickly overwhelmed. “Parents who have several children have been given a lot of work, ways to do things, communication channels so diverse and diverse that it has not been manageable,” notes the same teacher.

A “call for peace” was launched.

The President of the Union of Roman Teachers (SER) Samuel Rohrbach of the Jurassic admits that “field feedback” is confusing, despite the strong commitment of all. He points to problems: “Servers are overloaded, some children have both parents working remotely and cannot monitor, too many students do not have access to computers, computers or printers.” and adjust the speed of the system ’. And make the following recommendation: “We need to focus on the real points of the agenda and consolidating the results achieved.”

Several unions have already launched a “call for reassurance” in the cantons to use the title of a recent Vaudian Secondary Teachers’ Society (SVMS) press release, not least from the teaching world. Socialist Grégory Jaquet, a representative of the Grand Council of Neuchâtel, was one of the first to speak publicly. “We know it will take a long time and we will be imprisoned, companies will melt, workers will rust, I suggest we stop pretending that parents can completely replace the school in times of acute crisis,” the 19th wrote on social media.

“My position was the father of three children rather than a politician,” Grégory Jaquet explains today. The socialist is particularly concerned about the “gap that is created every day” between children who are lucky enough to have parents who are fighting for them and those who have learning difficulties or live in troubled families.

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In recent days, in the face of all these fears, the authorities have begun to respond. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture (DFJC) of the canton of Vaud on Tuesday announced a number of measures to adapt home education. “Over time, we must reduce pressure on families and take care of our parents’ relationships,” insists State Councilor Cesla Amarelle. If a socialist rejects the remorse of “general chaos” during the first days, she recognizes “a certain volatility.” “We sent home more than 100,000 students last night,” he recalls.

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Among the measures taken, the DFJC decided to ban any evaluation during detention. Cantonal reference tests (ECR) are canceled. Promotion and orientation criteria will be adjusted. The program will also be adapted. “We do not have the resources to teach new subjects,” notes Giancarlo Valceschini, general director of compulsory education at Vaud, and therefore calls on teachers to prioritize revisions.

Neuchâtel was one of the first cantons to adopt guidelines in this regard, in particular by limiting the number of working hours per day: one hour in the 1st cycle (1-4), two hours in the 2nd cycle (5-8) and three hours in the 3rd cycle (9-11).

“We started too hard,” says State Councilor Monika Maire-Hefti, in charge of the Ministry of Education and Family. But in the face of a situation we have not yet experienced, we did not have the necessary perspective. The Socialist, like her Vaud colleague, insists on the need to reduce the pressure on teachers, children and their families: We will catch up when the crisis is over. “

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