High school students have been in the streets throughout the past week to demand that teachers be present in classrooms. Since the resumption of school activities last August, public schools have faced a serious crisis of striking teachers who refuse to work. Students from Toussaint, Pétion and Firmin high schools, in the heart of the capital, have taken to the streets to demand the return of teachers to classrooms, as has been the case for weeks in the past. several provincial towns. These movements have taken place in several departments of the country in recent days. Sometimes they are punctuated by violence as in S t -Marc and in Jacmel.
The teachers of the public schools, who have been on strike for a month, continue the strike to demand better working conditions , despite the movement of schoolchildren. The Office for the Protection of the Citizen (OPC), while condemning the acts of violence by the police against demonstrators, urges schoolchildren to avoid all forms of violence. Since the resumption of school activities, teachers in public schools have gone on strike demanding a salary increase and better working conditions. A month later, the trade unionists maintained the strike and the students of the national high schools and schools continued to take to the streets to demand their return to the classrooms.
According to the general coordinator of the National Union of Normaliens, Normaliennes and Educators , Educators of Haiti (UNNOEH), for more than a month, the teachers have submitted their book of grievances to the government, which has never paid attention to them. Following their street demonstration on August 10, “the Minister of Education called us terrorists. He used the administration to crack down on some teachers, transferring them or freezing their salaries. He ignored our demands, ”denounced Franck Wilbert Georges who indicated that the trade unionists are ready to negotiate with the government. “Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, the reality will be different in the classrooms. For the moment, the teachers 'unions maintain the strike, “he added.
Franck Wilbert Georges has indicated that the demands of the teachers' unions are divided into three axes. “First, there are the operating conditions of teachers, detailed in the book of grievances submitted to the government,” he said. “Then there is the access and the quality of education,” he added. He denounced the fact that currently, there are schools that have not yet completed the 2019-2020 academic year, while others have already started the 2020-2021 year.
The one of the schools victims of the aggression of high school students, the Collège Canado-Haitien (CCH), through its management, condemned “with the greatest firmness, the violent attack” of which the institution was the object , Wednesday September 9, 2020. “These attacks directed against several private schools, in recent times, constitute a serious violation of the rights of children and young people”, lamented brother, Augustin Nelson, in a press note. For the director of the CHC, the hour is serious. “The events of the day, which shook the building of the Collège Canado-Haitien and our entire school community, challenge our civic conscience. The school, which was to be a bulwark and a source of security for young people, is losing its letters of nobility in our society ”, he regretted, deploring the bankruptcy of the public forces in such circumstances.  In a press release, the Office for Citizen Protection (OPC) says it has observed, “since the official resumption of school activities on August 10, 2020, several events which have negative consequences on the normal functioning of schools”. “Among them, movements of students from public schools and high schools across the country, to demand the presence of teachers in classrooms, absent with the strike of teachers' unions”, continued the OPC, before to list the chronology of certain facts.
- On Tuesday August 18, the director of the Archimedes College was beaten up by a group of students from public schools and high schools in Saint-Marc.
- Monday August 17 , at least two teachers were injured, following protest movements by students of the Lycée Pinchinat, in Jacmel.
- On Tuesday, August 25, agents of the Departmental Unit of Maintenance of Order (UDMO) of the South- Is manhandled a student NS3 of the Lycée Pinchinat, in Jacmel, who participated in a movement of students. “
” While condemning these acts which constitute violations of the right to education and protection of children, guaranteed by the Haitian Constitution and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the OPC invites schoolchildren ers and young protesters to avoid all forms of violence and to show discipline, civility and restraint in their demands; because they are called to become leaders in the construction of the new Haiti ”. “The Citizen Protection Office calls on the authorities to take adequate measures to ensure the protection of students as well as schools. The OPC calls on the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) to find an agreement with the teachers' unions, with a view to promoting the presence of teachers in public schools and high schools ”, we read in this article. press release signed by the Ombudsman, Me Renan Hédouville.
Altidor Jean Hervé