The ministry publishes “tightened” specialization programs, but not in all disciplines

Many teachers were disillusioned when, on Friday night, March 30th, Official Bulletin of National Education Unveiling of the new programs for the Abitur examinations. Minister of National Education Pap Ndiaye announced the tests would take place from March 20-22, despite criticism from the education community about the precocity of these dates, and assured teachers of his attention “To care” about the severity of the programs and had promised “tighten” to the “guarantee the best conditions for these exams”.

In this respect, the thirteen specialties are not all in the same boat. Certain disciplines have been reduced in terms of chapters or terms that need to be covered before the month of March, such as Economics and Social Sciences (SES). In these last three subjects, the changes complement those already approved in summer 2021 compared to the original program presented in February 2020.

However, teachers believe these cuts are too marginal and insufficient to allow for quiet learning through March. In the SVT, for example, the withdrawn element is equivalent to about two lessons, according to the teachers.

“Totally over the top”

“The expected program remains totally disproportionate and completely out of step with the reality of high school students’ learning rhythms, also regrets in a press release the association of SES teachers, Matter in which one of the eight chapters was deleted from the recitals. Worse, for teachers After you start this chapter, there will be no development. »

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In physics and chemistry, two parts were removed from the program. “That’s about six hours of class, so we’re saving a week”calculated Damien (who wishes to remain anonymous), associate professor of physics and chemistry at a high school in Pas-de-Calais. In his opinion, however, more should have been done: “Since this summer I’ve been going over my work at the mill to catch a few minutes here and there. I already know that I have very few chances of completing my studies, and if I do, then I know that only a few students can really acquire the content. »

Teachers of other subjects have been caught up in misunderstandings after discovering a “tightened” program identical to last year’s. In mathematics (subject of 37.5% of seniors in 2021), the program was changed last year, but requests for teachers’ relief have remained dead letter this year.

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