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Parents block access to primary school

France 3/Scoop, May 4

Parents of students in Pollestres, Pyrénées-Orientales, have blocked access to the primary school.

Since Thursday morning, 40 parents have padlocked the gates, and are blocking access to anyone who tries to open it. Classes are cancelled, and children are not at school.

In 2019, the children are due to be sent to Madam de Sévigné school in Perpignan, instead of the college in Toulouges, which has a much higher reputation and exam results.

The college at Toulouges is close to saturation, while Sévigné in Perpignan can accommodate the forty future students from Pollestres. This is the argument from the Pyrénées-Orientales Departmental Council, and the reason that they have redrawn the school map.

The final decision is due in mid-June. In the meantime, parents promise at least three new days of blocking and ‘snail' operations.

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