The new bac begins: many students of Première will take from Monday, January 20 the first continuous assessment tests counting for the final grade, but they could be disrupted by calls for boycott of teachers who call for postponement or ‘cancellation. Surveillance strikes, refusal to correct the copies or transmit the marks: the opponents are considering the same modes of action as when the baccalaureate corrections were made in June, which had created confusion.
For several days, unions of teachers and professors have called for various actions on social networks to “block” the new bac, decided by Jean-Michel Blanquer. These first continuous assessment tests, the “E3C” in the jargon, must be spread over a month and a half depending on the high schools. They focus on history-geography, modern languages as well as mathematics for students of the technological path.
Major innovations of the new baccalaureate, these tests spread over three sessions over the years of Première and Terminale account for 30% of the final mark. Each test of the first series represents 1.7% of this mark.
Blanquer wants to be reassuring
Monday, the strike of teachers may complicate the holding of tests in different French high schools. In Paris, at the Lycée Lavoisier or at the prestigious Lycée Henri IV, actions could block the new bac.
Faced with threats, the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer wanted to be reassuring, believing that these actions were the fact of a “small minority”. “It will go very well in the vast majority of cases. There may be such and such disturbances, in this case, we will iron but it will be very limited,” he explained on France Sunday inter. “Everything is ready for it to work,” he had already launched Tuesday before the National Assembly.
Since the return of the Christmas holidays, motions and petitions have been raining down against the reform of the ferry. Recently, twelve unions, that is to say almost all the organizations, officially asked the minister to “renounce” this first session. “We can not decently pass these tests to the students in these conditions, they are not sufficiently prepared, we send them to the pipe breaker”, regrets Renaud, professor of economic and social sciences in a high school in Seine-et-Marne .
“Between 200 and 250 high schools disrupted”
“By refusing dialogue, by dividing the staff, he (the minister) has only exacerbated tensions. He will therefore be solely responsible for the dysfunctions that could mark this session,” denounced Friday in a press release. FSU (first secondary school union). On the side of the parents of students, the main FCPE federation asks “for an adjournment of the tests, because of this lack of preparation”.
According to Philippe Vincent, at the head of the SNPDEN (first union of principals), “between 200 and 250 high schools (out of a total of 1,600 in France) would have declared themselves for one or more slogans, the refusal of the escalation of subjects to boycott corrections or even surveillance “.
But “what can disrupt the most is certainly the surveillance strike since the other potentially available teachers will be busy giving lessons to the students of Second or Terminale”, explains Philippe Vincent.
“If we are from Monday facing a massive surveillance strike, the administration will have to find a solution and replace the striking teachers with administrative staff from the rectorate, for example,” said Vincent.