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3,000 teachers protest against school reforms
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3,000 teachers protest against school reforms

14.03.2012 From our online archive
It was in an overheated atmosphere at the Centre Atert in Bertrange, too small for about 3,000 teachers, where demonstrations took place on Thursday evening.

(ADW) It was in an overheated atmosphere at the Centre Atert in Bertrange, too small for about 3,000 teachers, where demonstrations took place on Thursday evening. Demonstrations against civil service and school reforms that will result in "disastrous consequences" according to SEW and OGBL unions.

The President of the APESS (Association of Teachers of secondary and higher education) bluntly "disqualified" the Minister of Education, who hasn’t taught since 1989.

SEW and APESS were clearly overwhelmed by the mobilisation of teachers at the "great protest demonstration” that started Thursday night at 7pm. Centre for Atert was not large enough to accommodate everyone. Even Jean-Claude Reding, head of the OGBL, found himself stuck in the crowd.

"We came, 3000 of us, to tell you that we refuse reforms! " exclaimed SEW president Patrick Arendt not mincing his words on Thursday evening, to the Minister of Education, Mady Delvaux-Stehres.

"We feel like nothing more than hamsters in a wheel,” Arendt continued. Before warning: "It is high time to listen to the people on the ground," as opposed to the "brains" of the government.

"Not like this! Stop your destructive madness Madame” chanted Daniel Reding President of APESS who echoed the determination of teachers by stating "Retract your proposals, otherwise we will return ... but this time in the street! "

"For us, there is only one place responsible for teaching and that is in the classroom with the children," shouted Patrick Arendt, receiving rapturous applause for his statement.

Daniel Reding, “simply disqualified" the Education Minister who, "has not taught a class for quarter of a century." He called for a referendum to be held for the reintroduction of scores, a process that also took place in Switzerland.

It was interesting to note that the union Féduse (translated as, Federation of Universities in the service of State Education), did not attend the event, preferring to wait to physically have the proposals in front of them before making any decisions.