The dark clouds hanging over the organization of exams in Senegalese schools, whose first tests will start on June 21 with the Cfee and access to the sixth grade, threaten to seriously endanger the 2021-2022 school year. † Although a sort of “last chance” negotiation is planned for this day, Monday, May 30, between the unions threatening to boycott year-end reviews and a government accused of not respecting the signed memoranda of understanding, February 26, 2022 As evidenced by the problematic pay increases that came into effect at the end of May but were so frowned upon by teachers that they were forced to strike again.
The teachers unions and the cabinet will meet again on Monday to discuss the agreements. Indeed, the Ministry of Public Service invited them to a “monitoring” session, or according to reports, on May 30 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance and Budget. This meeting comes in a context of new crisis in the school.
By the end of this May, the State would indeed have failed to fulfill the commitments made to teachers by the agreement of February 26, 2022. The observed increases would have been much lower than what was indicated in the summary table. Faced with disappointment and anger, the teachers’ unions immediately went on strike and launched new action plans. After two months of rest, the education sector returned to riots. After the Saemss and the Cusems, it was the turn of the other G7 unions (Uden, Sels, Siens, Snelas/Fc, Sels/A) to declare seven days of total strike from Friday 27 May.
In a released statement, the five unions said they are “considering the unspeakable situation created by the actions of the government which, contrary to its commitments, exceeded the taxable scope and breached the net amounts announced; of the disorder caused by the irresponsible attitude of the government; the strong expectations of their voters seeking strong mobilization in a unitary dynamic; the need to deal with the loss of government deliberately creating the conditions for a damaging explosion of the education and training system and the right to education”.
In the same dynamic, the G20 teacher unions have also called for a mobilization to “enforce the agreements to the letter”. The plenary meeting of its secretaries-general and plenipotentiaries has declared a three-day total strike from Wednesday, May 25, and a strike today, Monday, May 30.
For their part, the Saemss and the Cusems observed a total strike on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, while a strike is planned for today, Monday and tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, followed by a General Assembly. It must be said that the black anger of the teachers has rumbled since the announcement of a tax on revaluations by the Ministry of Finance and Budget. According to the teachers, the amounts announced by the State in the Memorandum of Understanding of February 26 were to be collected net after tax.
At a press conference organized in response to the near general call for a teachers’ strike, the government for its part expressed its surprise at the reaction of the unions and claimed to have “conscientiously fulfilled” its commitments. But the Ministers Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo of Finance, Samba Sy of Labor and another Mamadou Talla of National Education were quickly rearranged by the supervisors or guarantors of the negotiations and among them we noticed the Unapees of Abdoulaye Fané and the Cosydep led by Cheikh Mbow on.
It remains to be seen whether the current exchanges between the State, through the Ministry of the Civil Service, and the trade unions will allow to smooth things over and salvage the school exams already postponed and/or postponed by the government . recurring slogans of teachers’ strike in the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year.