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Reform university and bac: gatherings in several big cities

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – PHILIPPE HUGUEN – | Demonstration against the selection at the entrance of the university, on February 1st, 2018, in Lille

Events each gathering hundreds of high school students were held Tuesday in the middle of the day in several cities in the region, before a rally in Paris, to protest against the reforms of baccalaureate and access to university.

In Paris, a dozen high schools saw their entries disturbed Tuesday morning, said the rectorate of Paris. Filter dams were installed at the entrances of five institutions, but classes were normally provided in all the high schools of the Academy of Paris, it was added.

The Paris demonstration will leave at 14:00 from the Luxembourg Gardens in the direction of the Ministry of Education.

An inter-union calls for the withdrawal of the bill that modifies the terms of access to the university, currently under discussion in Parliament, and the draft reform for a narrow bachelor, which will be presented on February 14 by the Minister of the Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.

In Lille, the event took place in the morning. 300 people broke the pavement, brandishing signs “Fac closed to the private interests, open schools to the children of workers” or the drawing of a bottle stamped “Mathiot report, not to swallow!”, In reference to Pierre Mathiot, the former president of Sciences Po Lille author of the proposals on the reform of the baccalaureate.

Olivier, professor of geography history in a lycée of Liévin (Pas-de-Calais), 45, lamented that with this reform and an earlier orientation in high school “we lose the goal of teaching, namely to do to acquire a quality general education and to train critical minds “.

In Rennes, the police estimated half a thousand protesters. “There is something going on in high schools, there is a great deal of anxiety, the selection is being made for university entrance, the logic of these reforms is to put young people in competition with each other. the others, “said Gwénaël Le Paih, from SNES-FSU Bretagne.

The procession gathered from 300 to 400 people in Bordeaux, with a banner proclaiming “No to selective sorting of youth”, according to an AFP journalist.

In the other big city of south-west, Toulouse, students on strike blocked access to the University Jean-Jaurès Mirail from 6:00 am. They protest against the terms of access to the university but also against the merger of Toulouse universities (Le Mirail, Paul Sabatier and two engineering schools).

Last Thursday, several thousand protesters had already marched throughout France.

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