More and more French-speaking teachers are unhappy with inclusive schools – rts.ch

More and more French-speaking teachers are unhappy with inclusive schools – rts.ch
More and more French-speaking teachers are unhappy with inclusive schools – rts.ch

Inclusive schools are causing growing discontent among teachers, according to a survey by the unions concerned. The lack of resources and the sharp increase in workload are particularly pointed out.

“Support for inclusive schools has waned, discontent is growing,” wrote the Public Services Union (SSP) and the French-speaking Teachers Union (SER) on Wednesday at the end of the their investigation carried out with more than 2,500 members of the teaching staff.

For 55% of those questioned, the very principle of inclusive schooling is a cause of resistance, the organizations note.

Debate for many years, inclusive school consists of allowing children in difficulty to follow the ordinary school curriculum thanks to the support of specialized teachers.

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Among “the causes of resistance and resignation of the teaching staff”, the survey made it possible to identify at least four sensitive points: the ineffectiveness of the measures proposed individually for students (85% of respondents would prefer collective measures), the lack of specialist teachers and integration assistants (pointed out by 92% of respondents), too large class sizes (93%) and the sharp increase in workload (98%).

“We are in favor of inclusive schools, but given that support is fading at the grassroots level, we really need to warn the authorities to prevent this ‘disenchantment’ with inclusive schools from continuing. to progress and that teachers are no longer able to keep up”, indicates the president of the SER David Rey, Wednesday in the 12:30 p.m. of the RTS.

The unions expect cantonal and intercantonal authorities to provide sufficient resources, to listen to requests from the field and to change paradigm: support oriented towards classes and no longer on individuals would make it possible to simplify the system and to lighten the workload, they plead.

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