They were nearly 600 Stapsiens, Stapsiennes and members of the UFR to demonstrate this Wednesday at the beginning of the afternoon in order to express the lack of staff and the unsanitary conditions of the premises within their sector.
The call for demonstrations launched by the Staps Toulousain association on September 18 has been heard. This Wednesday, at Toulouse III Paul Sabatier University, they were nearly 600 students, teachers and administrative staff to have met to set out the conditions of study and teaching within the sector. Faced with the lack of response from the government, demonstrations are increasing everywhere in France. After Rennes, on Monday September 13, it is the turn of the UFR Staps of Toulouse to show its dissatisfaction. A procession went to the rectorate to challenge the government about the understaffing and lack of resources allocated to the university.
“The situation is quite simply unlivable”
In terms of figures, the UFR Staps in Toulouse has 63 full professors for 2,000 students, ie one teacher for 32 students, while the national average is one teacher for eighteen; a situation that has become unbearable for both the supervisory staff and the students.
Valérie, professor in the Staps branch, testifies to the situation: “The consequences of this shortage of staff inevitably resulted in an overloading of rooms and amphitheatres. At the start of the year, some students do not even have tables or chairs. How do you want to work in these conditions? “.
His colleague, Laurence, head of studies for the second years, outbid: “It was already difficult in previous years, but it has largely deteriorated this return: 5 retirements and only one replacement. We are at the same time professor, accountant, secretary, resource manager,… The situation is quite simply unlivable. I had barely five days to make the schedules of more than 480 students, that is to say 2000 hours of teaching. I go to bed at two in the morning, I can’t take it anymore ”.
Along with the overload of work that rests on the shoulders of the remaining tenured professors and administrative staff, it is also the students who suffer. Zoe, an L2 student, says: “We have badly arranged schedules. Some groups don’t even have teachers! But we can’t blame them, we know they are doing what they can given the situation ”.
In order to avoid a boycott of the next school year, the UFR Staps is asking the rectorate to recruit six full professors in order to alleviate the work overload and allow students access to all courses. In the event of no response, the UFR would be obliged to halve the entry rate in an already selective course, from 600 students in the first year to 300.