Strikes Disrupt French Universities

“Universities across France experienced widespread disruptions today, in response to calls from faculty unions and student groups to protest plans for reforming the higher-education system. The government’s proposals provoked opposition from the outset, which intensified recently over moves to modify a law governing the hiring and promotion of researchers engaged in teaching. The change would allow universities to dictate how those staff members allocated their time between teaching and other activities. The main union representing higher-education instructors said in a news release that by midday at least 45% of teaching activities at France’s 83 universities had been affected by the strike …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle, 2 February]

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