31% of staff on strike according to the ministry, 75% of strikers at school and 62% in colleges and high schools, according to the unions

56.4% of school teachers on strike in the Gard, according to the departmental directorate of national education services

In the Gard, nearly 200 schools, out of 550, are closed, according to the estimates of the majority union in the 1er degree, the SNUipp, joined Thursday, January 13.

According to the departmental direction of national education services in Gard, 56.4% of school teachers are on strike Thursday. In urban areas as in the Cévennes, the day is strongly affected by the strike movement. In Alès, more than half of the schools are on strike. In Marguerittes, near Nîmes, an establishment of fourteen classes is completely closed, and in Laval-Pradel, the RPI (intercommunal educational group) has also closed its doors.

In some cities, such as Nîmes (Les Républicains municipality) and Beaucaire (National Gathering), a minimum reception service has been established for families without a custody solution. The departmental event is scheduled for 2 p.m., in the city center of the Gard prefecture.

In Alès, Bagnols and in Vigan, the demonstrators will march in the middle of the morning. Thierry Olivier, director of the Pré Saint-Jean school in Alès, takes part in the mobilization. In this post for fifteen years, he says he has rarely seen such a significant mobilization.

Our daily life is very affected: a director is there to welcome the students, there we spend our time checking whether they can go to class or return home. The management of protocols is incomprehensible. From September to December, things went pretty well but since the start of the January school year, it’s unmanageable. The more the situation worsens, the more complicated it is.

The manager points out the other puzzle of the situation: “We have to manage the absences of absent teachers! “ In his Alésienne school, six classes out of twelve are closed this Thursday.

Agathe Beaudouin (Nîmes, correspondent)

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