July 14, 2024


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Eure-et-Loir: A full term without English subjects at a college in Perche

Eure-et-Loir: A full term without English subjects at a college in Perche

This is late to be done before the brevet tests in early July. Two hundred students at the Joachim du Bellay College in Authon-du-Perche (Eure-et-Loir) have been without work since Monday. Some have no English lessons for four months, others for two months. “It's a very difficult situation, there are no English classes in the whole college. One of their teachers has been on sick leave since mid-September and another has been on maternity leave since mid-November. A priory, the rectory didn't expect it, it's a disaster,” notes Marie-Odile Pradu-Lalani.

A complicated situation for the representative of parents who increased communication with the rectorate. “We sent dozens of emails to the rector. We don't have an answer. Three months later, we received a broadcast of an advertisement in Pôle emploi (France Travail). We are far from Orléans (Loiret), or Tours (Indre-et-Loire). We have a feeling that we have been forgotten by the academy, but our students have the same rights as others,” fumes this mother of a class four student.

An alternative, but students still lost English

To overcome the increasing delay for students struggling to learn the language of Shakespeare, some parents resorted to private lessons, often “expensive” or trying to provide the lessons themselves. “It's not easy because Cned courses are no longer online. You have to contact the institution by phone, answer questions and fill the file. The principal also has to complete a part of it, imagine if he has to do this for all his students.

From Monday February 5, 2024, a replacement has arrived for this small college in Perch commune. However, it is not enough to teach all the students in the institution. “It's a semi-success, because the professor's visit fills twenty-one hours out of the twenty-seven hours of the schedule,” notes the resident of Charbonnieres (Eure-et-Loire). So students miss out on English lessons while waiting for new reinforcement. But until when?

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