Survey: One in two French think the school isn’t working properly

Does the school work well in France? 53% of the French think that no, the school works “fairly bad” or even “very bad”. Among teachers, the percentage rises to 76%!

These figures come from a survey conducted by the CSA on behalf of the Senate, initiated by Senate President Gérard Larcher and Chair of the Committee on Culture, Education and Communications, Laurent Lafon. A study commissioned by the Agora of Education to be held in the Senate on Wednesday 26 January around an objective: “Reconstruction of the school of tomorrow”.

This survey was conducted among 1008 French people aged 18 and over and 506 teachers, and crosses “the perception of those who go to school and those who experience it”. A survey in the form of an online questionnaire submitted between January 3 and January 10, 2022. At the same time, the Senate consulted with local elected officials.

School fails to reduce social inequalities for a majority

Differences are noted in their perception, but their gaze converges to a certain number of perceptions. This is especially true for the ability of national education to reduce social and territorial inequalities. A conclusion without appeal. Only 31% of French believe the school fulfills this mission. For teachers, the percentage drops to 23%. Still on inequalities, 57% of local elected officials believe that the measures taken during the five-year term have helped to reduce inequalities in primary education and 51% in secondary education.

It is not surprising that the future of the school looks “very bleak” for the respondents. 65% of French say they are pessimistic about the future for 79% of teachers.

The director of the Society pool of the research institute CSA, Julie Gaillot, was received to present the conclusions of this study. “Over the whole study, the results are better among parents and those who have a child trained in REP or REP+ or among teachers in REP or REP+,” emphasizes Julie Gaillot.

However, the primary mission of the school, which is to transfer knowledge, is rigorously judged. For example, only 44% of the general public and 38% of teachers consider school an effective way to acquire fundamental knowledge (reading, writing, counting and respecting others).

The very strong dissatisfaction of the teaching staff

Julie Gaillot continues to be struck by the “very strong dissatisfaction” seen among the teaching staff. “There is a very strong dissatisfaction with the way they are being treated. Only 25% of teachers are satisfied with the recognition of their efforts and skills. Only 22% of their salary,” explains Julie Gaillot.

A discontent undoubtedly exacerbated by a Minister of National Education, bogged down by the revelations about his stay in Ibiza and by the management of the new school year (read here† In times of health crisis, it is interesting to note that one of the missions least effectively delivered by the school is “the replacement of absent teachers”.

Violence: 30% of teachers have already been the victim of insults, threats or violent behaviour

The perception of violence in schools is one of the red points of this study. Violence tends to increase for 66% of French and teachers. To qualify: when it comes to their own location or that of their child, this feeling has been reduced to 33% among teachers and 26% among parents.

“The increase in violence seen or perceived in our schools is now a reality,” says Laurent Lafon. In support of his statement, the observation of teachers noting an increase in violent incidents they are dealing with: “A crescendo that is more widely felt from incidents involving parents of students”.

Key figure: 30% of teachers have been victims of insults, threats or violent behavior since September 2021. 17% of them are victims of physical threats or violent behaviour.

Consulted by the Senate, local elected officials are witnessing this phenomenon. 63% of them say they have been warned about incidents of violence in schools in their municipality. Local elected officials who are alert to two other points: the school map and the closing of classes. Half of them believe that the school map remains a point of tension for National Education. 75% of elected officials also fear the closure of the lower classes in the next five years. Themes that should be widely discussed in the presidential programs.

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