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STJV issues call for testimonials from those in video game education

French game workers union concerned about reports of dysfunction in academic settings, hopes to implement action plan

French video game workers union Le Syndicat des Travailleurs du Jeu Vidéo (STJV) has issued a call for those involved with video game education and academic programs to submit testimonials on the conditions of their learning environments.

The STJV's students commission said that the call is due to reports it has heard of dysfunction in multiple games education and training programs. Through the testimonials, it aims to establish whether or not these circumstances are part of a wider industry trend, and to determine an action plan to improve conditions.

Though it welcomes any feedback from students, teachers, staff, or others linked to games education, the STJV suggests the following as possible problems to report:

  • Legal failures, such as fake contracts or lack of contracts
  • Deficient teaching or supervision
  • Absence of or inaccurate communication about job opportunities
  • Harassment, abuse, or unhealthy education or teaching conditions
  • Anything related to the exploitation of student work

The union added that it guarantees confidentiality and will not publish testimonials without the consent of those who give them.

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