She wanted to get closer to the children, she “needed” them. So, after four years in charge of a crèche in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis), Marie decided to become a school teacher. At 35, this educator of young children has just experienced her fourth school year in Saint-Denis, in the city where she grew up. “It was my choice to work here, I went to the benches of the public school there, I studied at Aubervilliers, I did not see myself teaching elsewhere”, confides this daughter of teachers, player of rugby and referee in his “spare time”. In this too often forgotten territory, which “accumulates difficulties”, she brings to life every day this “school of the Republic” to which she is so attached. When asked about her year 2020, Marie lets out a “wow” in a chuckle. “I am a first grade teacher and, in March, we were told that our students should be taught to read by video. “A test,” a battle of two months “to keep the link, leaving none by the wayside. “I worked six hours a day in front of my screen with the students, in small groups…” Exhausted, Marie nevertheless comes out with a feeling of pride. “They haven’t lost too much. “
After “the joke of the learning holidays” on which the teacher does not elaborate, she admits having returned to school in September “full of strength and desire, happy to find the children”. A difficult start, with “children who for some have not set foot in school for six months”. But, above all, the anger to see that “everything has deteriorated since the first confinement”. “We have been Blanquer’s cattle since March 13”, annoys the teacher, unionized with SNUipp and who denounces the “triple punishment of teachers, with this pseudo-confinement, the reinforced Vigipirate plan and the immense pain of beheading of Samuel ”. Marie has the impression of living in a whirlwind of contradictory rules which order, for example, “that we open the doors and windows to ventilate the school because of the Covid, but that we close them as part of the plan Vigipirate. “For her,” Blanquer lives on another planet, frankly, it’s even more contempt, we are beyond. ” In his school in Saint-Denis, already three contact cases, including the director of the establishment, “and zero replacement”. All this, without counting “the toxic masks and the fact that the ministry provided us neither hydro-alcoholic gel nor disinfectant wipes”.
“It seems that we are the heroes of the second line! Marie chokes, these great speeches make me laugh. In the field, we have no means, neither human nor material. “And when the sanitary protocol obliges to clean the toilets after each passage of a group of children,” it is just impossible. There are not enough staff in normal times, so there, even less ”.