teachers recruited in 30 minutes in “job dating”

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Since yesterday, and throughout the week, recruitment days have been organized by the Academy of Versailles to tackle the shortage of teachers and staff of the National Education in France’s largest academy. More than 2,000 vacancies have to be filled, including 700 teachers, 600 secondary education teachers, as well as vacancies for AESH, school nurse or National Educational Psychologist (Psy-IN). The Toulouse academy had already inaugurated the recruitment season in March 2022 by organizing a “job dating” to become a teacher for a whole day.

A deficit that is the direct result of the precariousness of the profession and the application of liberal methods to education

This unprecedented proposal from the Rectorate of Versailles, in which the National Education acts as recruiters through 30-minute interviews, is explained by an unprecedented national shortage of teachers and staff. Contrary to what one can read about the “loss of attractiveness of the teaching profession”, it should be remembered that this shortage is well organized by the government and its policy of destroying the national education system. After 5 years of Blanquer, the situation is catastrophic, both from the point of view of the working conditions of teachers and the learning conditions of students.

While we live in a period of record inflation, which is about 5.2%, full and novice teachers now earn only 1.1% of the minimum wage for a Bac +5. How cool more than one candidate, which the previous minister could also have promised with his “historical revaluation”. Recent reforms to education competitions have also had a devastating effect on the number of volunteers entering a competition – which has become a veritable obstacle course – with many disciplines not even having enough candidates to fill all the vacancies. † For example, for the schoolteacher competition in the academy of Créteil, 1079 vacancies had to be filled against 521 who were eligible for the competition. Indeed, since 2021, the competition has been postponed for a year, while students who plan to teach can teach 8 hours a week, in front of the class only, for a salary ranging from €693 to €980 net. /month… A means of hiring and making staff more insecure, while always saving more, at the expense of quality of education and working conditions, sending teachers into classes without training or support. In such a context, sending untrained teachers to often overcrowded classrooms is a total disregard for the teachers themselves, who are literally sent to hell, which can cause a lot of suffering at work for newly hired teachers. At the same time, the school loses all its educational dimension for the students, as the teachers are no longer recruited to meet educational needs, but to close the gaps in a public service in ruins.

This deliberate policy of low wages, coupled with a deterioration in working conditions, is contributing to the destruction of the national education system and civil servant status, with the aim of increasing the privatization of the school. During his presidential campaign, relatives of E. Macron had announced the president’s desire to end the “recruitment for life” of teachers and therefore assume a huge uncertainty of teaching staff to replace them with cheaper contract workers who can be worked at will. The end of the civil servant status would merely be a continuation of what had been introduced under Blanquer, with increasing flexibility of the teaching profession, the multiplication of overtime and duties.

Faced with this catastrophic situation, both from the point of view of the working conditions of teachers and the working conditions of students, it is a safe bet that the new Education Minister Pap Ndiaye, presented as the anti-Blanquer, will only continue this policy of school destruction, the consequences of which we are only just beginning to see. To cope with the recruitment crisis, National Education does not need “job dates”, but resources to improve working conditions, reward students destined for the teaching profession. provide education that meets their needs to everyone!

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