Le personnel affecté aux bibliothèques des écoles et bibliothèques publiques ainsi qu’aux centres de documentation est appelé ces temps-ci à se rendre sur leurs lieux du travail pour afficher leur présence. Ce personnel – composé des Library Clerks, Senior Library Clerks, Library Officers – soutient qu’un récent communiqué a fait comprendre qu’avec la réouverture des institutions secondaires, il était convenu que seulement le personnel concerné par les examens du Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (MES) et ceux affectés au nettoyage sont invités à reprendre les services durant la période de confinement sanitaire.

« In that way it is also clearly understood that All school libraries and all other libraries (Documentation Units & Public Libraries) under the Ministry of Education (including those under the PSEA) will remain closed during the confinement period. Furthermore, we firmly believe that same is a wise and good decision as it will obviously prevent unnecessary propagation of the COVID 19 and ultimately maintaining safety and health », écrit Ghirishsing Gopaul, president de la Mauritius Library Association, dans une lettre adressée, jeudi, au ministère de l’Education.

Il dit constater avec regret que pour certaines institutions secondaires le WAP est utilisé pour inviter le personnel des bibliothèques scolaires à reprendre le service. « However, it is with deep concern that we have noted in some secondary schools WAP are being requested for school library Staff (Library Clerk, Senior Library Clerk, and Library Officer). Eventually they are unduly being requested to attend duty despite the fact that in reality and in practice they are not required presently », insiste-t-il dans la lettre.

Il attire l’attention sur le fait que les Library Clerks, Senior Library Clerks et les Library Officers ne sont pas concernés par les examens du Primary School Achievement Certificate, du National Education Certificate (NEC), du School Certificate et du Higher School Certificate (HSC). « Consequently, we wish to draw your attention that Library Clerks, Senior Library Clerks and Library Officers are clearly neither involved in the preparations nor with the examinations of PSAC/NCE/SC/HSC. Unlike other school staff, Library Staff are not permitted to work for the MES in relation to the above examinations », insiste le président de l’association. Il demande ainsi au ministère de l’Éducation de rectifier le tir. « In light of the above it would be immensely appreciate if you could kindly and urgently remediate this malpractice and injustice towards school Library Staff by ensuring that ONLY related staff are attending duties. As a result those NOT required (Like school Library Staff) are not needlessly requested to attend duty », soutient le president de l’association.