Entertainment: France: Student back to school, between precariousness and discomfort

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to three weeks from the start of the school year, students are looking for accommodation or good deals to compensate for inflation. They have already had more enthusiastic summer ends. A survey by the Mutual of Students recently estimated that 70% of French students describe themselves in a state of discomfort and this Monday, another of the UNEF union points to their precarious growth.

Increased rents, more expensive university catering and insufficient revaluation of scholarships: the cost of living increases sharply for students due in particular to the increase in inflation, according to a Syndicate Study Union published on Monday. For the year 2022-2023, the cost of student living increased by 6.47%, while inflation was 6.1%, says UNEF. This increase represents a necessary additional budget of 428.22 euros for the year, or 35.7 euros more per month.

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The cost of "almost all spending stations" increases, with the exception of that of transport, according to the union (classified on the left), which denounces the insufficiency of "public policies of Macron governments towards students. .. well below expectations ”.

The Government plans to revalue the 4% school scholarships at the start of the school year. But this increase remains insufficient, according to the union, because it is lower than inflation.

For UNEF, the survey reveals the "extreme precariousness" of students and highlights the need to set up a "social protection" for these young people in training and insertion. The union proposes to create an autonomy allowance "of an amount sufficient to live, intended for all students" and calculated on their own income rather than that of their parents. A student precariousness which has effects on morale

However, the mental health of French students has suffered particularly for two and a half years. L A Pandemic of COVID-19 and its consequences, in particular the confinements and restrictions, had a significant impact according to an investigation, published in July, of the CSA Institute for the student mutual LMDE . A final observation: 70% of French students are in a situation of discomfort , a figure up five points compared to the last study carried out in 2019.

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Julien, met at the Cité University de Paris, where many Students stayed to work, returns to this issue. He saw his entry into a large school as a culmination. But in this context of health crisis, he was caught up in several concerns. “We thought, arriving in a school, having associative activities. It couldn't really be done. I find that this discomfort has been going on for a long time. It is linked to the way in which student and university life is built in France, it is linked to student precariousness. What the covid has only shown, "he told Perla M'SIKA .

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