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Maintaining partials in lecture halls: a measured risk, according to university presidents – Brittany
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Maintaining partials in lecture halls: a measured risk, according to university presidents – Brittany
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The psychology students at the University of Rennes 2 were among the first to cry out for “danger” by asking, faced with the great contagiousness of the new Omicron variant, that the semester semesters in January take place at a distance, and not in crowded lecture halls. This Sunday, the petition they launched on the site recorded more than 500 signatures.

However, the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, repeated it on Wednesday: unlike the winter of 2021, the exams, scheduled from this start Monday in many faculties, will be held face-to-face. “This is the majority demand from students,” she explained on France Info. The health or vaccination pass will not be required to enter the examination room, added, Thursday, the Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education, Sarah El Haïry, on CNews.

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While it reassures students who are poorly equipped or living in a white zone, fearing to be penalized in the event of difficulty in connecting to the Internet, the maintenance of exams in lecture halls raises questions. The events taking place only 48 hours after New Year’s Eve, conducive to exchanges between young people, often in groups of 15 or 20, in closed places and without barrier gestures, how many positive covid cases will there be? who ignore each other behind the examination tables?

When questioned, the presidents of Breton universities are rather confident. “The protocol is well established: compulsory mask, hand disinfection at the entrance, ventilation of the premises between the tests, the wind tunnel cut, students seated one row out of two and one seat in two”, list Jean-Philippe Barrière, chief of staff of the presidency of the University of Western Brittany (UBO), in Brest. And to ensure: “Provided that the barrier measures are strictly observed, we are not aware of any cases of contamination that have occurred during the examination sessions”. At the UBO, the first series of homework, the week before the Christmas holidays, only brought up “fifteen cases of covid declared out of a workforce of 24,000”, he underlines, insisting on the “sense of responsibility” of students “95% vaccinated at the end of August”.

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“Students who test positive are invited to stay at home and declare themselves on an online form”, indicates, for his part, Gilles Bedoux, vice-president for training and educational innovation at the University of Brittany. -South (UBS). Replacement tests will be organized for all those medically prevented, within a period of between two weeks and two months, ”he reassures us. As for possible contact cases: “We will be able to offer those who wish to test themselves”, informs Virginie Dupont, president of UBS.

The principle is the same at the University of Rennes 1 where the exams will not start until January 9, “which leaves us a few days to adjust the situation, if necessary, according to the latest epidemic data”, notes its president, David Alis, insisting on “the culture of anticipation” and the “digital turn” taken by the university since the beginning of the health crisis. However, the methods of checking knowledge should hardly change, the notice period for candidates being regulated by law at 15 days before the start of the tests.

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