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France: Students join teachers and school nurses at education strike march in Paris02:37

France: Students join teachers and school nurses at education strike march in Paris

France, Paris
January 26, 2021 at 19:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

The streets of Paris were filled with hundreds of striking teachers, students and nurses on Tuesday, as a national education strike was called by trade unions. Strikers are demanding better pay and working conditions amid the added strain from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

School nurses joined the day of striking action amid concerns that a government plan to use school medical staff to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing efforts would affect the quality of service provided to students.

Samia, a nurse at Seine-Saint-Denis middle school, said she was angry as that the new responsibilities faced by nurses in her view imply that schools would no longer be able to support students in need of free consultations.

According to the latest data compiled on Tuesday by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, France has seen a total of 3,116,363 COVID-19 infections with 73,636 related deaths. France has already vaccinated over a million citizens, however, a growing number of infections has raised concerns with the head of France's scientific council, who on Sunday suggested that tighter restrictions may be necessary.

France: Students join teachers and school nurses at education strike march in Paris02:37
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The streets of Paris were filled with hundreds of striking teachers, students and nurses on Tuesday, as a national education strike was called by trade unions. Strikers are demanding better pay and working conditions amid the added strain from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

School nurses joined the day of striking action amid concerns that a government plan to use school medical staff to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing efforts would affect the quality of service provided to students.

Samia, a nurse at Seine-Saint-Denis middle school, said she was angry as that the new responsibilities faced by nurses in her view imply that schools would no longer be able to support students in need of free consultations.

According to the latest data compiled on Tuesday by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, France has seen a total of 3,116,363 COVID-19 infections with 73,636 related deaths. France has already vaccinated over a million citizens, however, a growing number of infections has raised concerns with the head of France's scientific council, who on Sunday suggested that tighter restrictions may be necessary.