Parents’ groups demand action on missing teachers

For years parents and parent associations have been alarmed at the high level of absent teachers. Now Liliana Moyano, president of the Féd­ération des Conseils de Parents d’Elèves, FCPE, has warned that France is at the critical moment when things must change, as parents could no longer put up with it.

“It is serious and, of course, affects the most vulnerable students who don’t have parents who are able to pay or organise private lessons for them.
“It really began when 80,000 teachers’ jobs were cut under the last president – and now there just aren’t enough to fill in when others are missing.”
The second largest parent association, PEEP also highlighted the severe lack of teachers in some disciplines, particularly maths, sciences and languages – just as a study showed France worst in the
EU for pupils’ maths abilities.

PEEP demanded the government “open a crisis centre and deploy exceptional methods to find teachers” as by the Tous­saint holidays some baccalaureate or brevet classes had ...

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