The format surprised and the background too. On Thursday, August 25, in the morning, Emmanuel Macron opened an unprecedented conference on the return to school of rectors of academies. In a speech broadcast on social networks of the Elysee Palace, the Head of State outlined in detail the road map for the coming months and ambitions for his second five-year plan, giving an unflattering assessment of the state of the school system.
He then laid out steps to be taken before calling for a change in method, announced before the summer, to more flexible and less centralized management of the school system. In the educational community, the presidential speech was perceived with caution.
- “Great job” promised in institutions does not live up to expectations
To describe this new operation based on a field proposal, the President of the Republic spoke of “great job” per “create a new project, school by school”. Projects selected by educational teams will benefit from “Educational and Innovation Fund” 500 million euros have been allocated. But for key stakeholders, the roadmap is not clear and seems inconsistent with the current hiring and purchasing power crisis for teachers.
“If we are talking about bringing parents of students and employees around the same table, this is called the board of directors, and we know how to do it. notes Bruno Bobkiewicz, general secretary of the directors’ union SNPDEN-UNSA. On the other hand, institutions will not want to organize something if they have a feeling that it will not work later. » Emmanuel Macron insisted on ” freedom “ educational teams, propose projects or not. For Bruno Bobkiewicz: make participation optional “It’s already a way of admitting that it’s not such a good idea.”
“The school does not need to launch projects, it needs resources”alarmed Ghislaine David of SNUipp-FSU, while the head of state expressed his conviction that additional funds would not solve the difficulties.
The idea of indexing project financing is also alarming: what should those who did not offer anything because of lack of time or because part of the headquarters oppose it? “We’re going to spend three months debating and end up giving away tablets because that’s how it always ends, annoying Jean-Remy Girard of the National Union of High Schools and Colleges (Snalc). Let them invest 500 million euros on catching up salaries, it will go faster. »
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