French teachers walk out of classrooms in strike over Covid measures
Unions accuse government of lack of consultation and say teachers have been treated with ‘disdain’
French teachers are holding one of the biggest education strikes in recent years, forcing the closure of hundreds of primary schools in protest at the government’s handling of Covid-19 measures in the education sector.
Trade unions said they expected 75% of primary teachers to walk out and 62% of secondary teachers. The education ministry gave much lower figures on Thursday morning, saying there was an average of 38.5% of teachers on strike in primary schools, and just under 24% in high schools. Teachers and education support staff were expected to join a protest march through the centre of Paris to the education ministry.