In a letter addressed directly to the 900,000 teachers, Pap Ndiaye presented the main guidelines of his project to the head of National Education. Socially, inclusive but also academically, the minister counts on the help of his officials to carry it out.
For once, the Minister of National Education spoke directly to his agents, some 900,000 teachers, to explain to them what he intended to develop during his tenure. In a message sent on the evening of June 27, Pap Ndiaye explains how he is a continuation of his predecessor Jean-Michel Blanquer, but also which projects, which are close to his heart, he plans to work on. It therefore discusses in five points the content of the programmes, the form of the lessons, but also the ambitions that the republican school must once again safeguard. “I am pleased to write to you directly, with the responsibility of a ministry that has not only structured my career, but also shaped my life. I am doing this as the college professor that I am, the son of a secondary teacher. “ he wrote in this letter, with the aim of making this venture a common work.
What are Pap Ndiaye’s 5 main axes for the start of the school year?
1 – Fight against social inequalities
First axis and last but not least for Pap Ndiaye, deeply committed to the primary mission of the Republican and meritocratic school: let all French school children climb the ladder and increase their social status† “It is my responsibility to take charge of the drama of injustice that is fueling our school system by not giving the poorest the hope of changing their social condition.he pleads in an interview with the Huffington Post. This broken promise casts a shadow over our deedshe explained, furthermore wanting to make the school a kind of refuge, where the only identity, the only status that matters, is that of student. So he speaks of the school as of “a shelter from all kinds of prejudice”“, allow”to break through the downturn that seems comforting, but is devastating in reality… Together we can ensure that young minds are not drawn to resentment and pessimism”. This, while 75% of the French say they are concerned about the increase in the number of religious outfits in school†
2 – Prioritize fundamental knowledge and lessons
Like his predecessor Jean-Michel Blanquer, Pap Ndiaye insists on fundamental knowledge, with priority”French and Mathematics in the education of our students until the end of the sixthHe thus continues the French and mathematical plans, and also announces for next year the launch of a “mother plan”, he also turned to an initial mastery of these two subjects.
3 – Taking care of the well-being of students
Fighting discrimination and valuing people with disabilities, this is the inclusive school according to Pap Ndiaye. On the first point, the minister wants to be precise and determined: “This spirit of vigilance, of listening, must also include acts and words of discrimination, racist or anti-Semitic hatred, sexist or sexual violence. The well-being of students requires that the school be a place without prejudice, without words and without deeds of harassment, also a secular place”. With regard to the second point, the Minister “
very attentive to handicapped situations“, and wishes
improve thethe status of our staff†, AESH (supervision of students with a disability),
whose work time is suffered too often.
4 – Bet on the environment
The minister wants to involve his global action in the fight to preserve the environmentin the belief that any political action, regardless of its ministerial function, must “
engage in a strong mobilization on the topic in all dimensions“. In fact it counts assess and adapt school infrastructure to environmental standardsas well as strengthening students’ theoretical awareness: †
This also means strengthening education on this subject in the curricula of the schools.writes the minister.
5 – Re-evaluating the teaching profession
While the profession is facing an unprecedented vocation crisis and the start of the new school year will be with vacancies due to teacher shortages, Pap Ndiaye wants to restore the image of the profession† “This symbolic recognition is essential. It will require a special and significant effort to increase salaries if we are to create a shock of attractiveness, attract and retain our young colleagues”
What is the big consultation?
The big consultation will start from September 2022, as part of the major school reform desired by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron and swiftly pursued by his new Education Minister Pap Ndiaye. The latter thus explained how he would proceed, first of all engaging in conversations open to all the actors developing within or around the school. “It’s really going to be a debate, decentralized exchanges, in all schools” value “teachers, parents of pupils, administrative and managerial staff and other actors in local life” will be invited to speak.
What concrete changes before the start of the school year?
A more inclusive school
Specifically, in September, Pap Ndiaye announced the creation of “4,000 additional full-time equivalents of caregivers for children with disabilities”
Fewer children in the classroom and duplication
Priority given to the basic course with “an improvement in the guidance rate of studentsIn practice, this means a lower average number of students per class, while it has already fallen from 23 to 21.8 children between 2017 and 2021. in kindergarten, the duplication of large section classes will be continued in the priority and reinforced priority education networks, known as REP and REP+.
30 minutes of sport a day at school
It was the president himself who announced that… primary school students now have thirty minutes a day of sport,
in addition to PE hours. †It is a real revolution, both to learn better (…) and to have a real health prevention policy to fight obesity and the sedentary lifestyle of many of our children and teenagers.said Emmanuel Macron.
Mathematics return to the common core at the beginning of the school year
In secondary education, confirmation was also made at the beginning of the month of the return of “optional” math in the common core will premiere from September 2022. This new science and math teaching will be increased to 3 hours 30 per week (compared to 2 hours currently). It is assessed in the context of continuous assessment, without changing the coefficient currently assigned to university education (coefficient 3 for the year 1ère).
Increasing the attractiveness of the teaching profession
A key issue in the reform and key player in the school, the teaching staff is at the center of the Minister of Education’s concerns. Pap Ndiaye has accused himself of a significant cut in the workforce and faces the challenge of reviving the attractiveness of teaching professions while an unprecedented teacher shortage undermines the next school year.† The Job dating launched with Pôle Emploi had also caused a scandal, and to accommodate the 12.2 million students in September, the minister called on “contract teachers, whose share remains very modest at 1% in the first grade and 8 % in the second degree,” he said. In the longer term and in a structural logic, the minister agrees to look at better pay and working conditions for professors and lecturers.
What is the school of the future?
This one schools of the future, have experimented in Marseille, bring more autonomy to primary schools, in particular by allowing school principals to recruit their own teachers. Emmanuel Macron travels to Marseille on Thursday 2 June 2022 and reassures: “We will never get the heads of the establishment to create their own transfer window.” What to answer, on the other hand, teacher shortage which worries the academies. But according to Virginie Akliouat, spokesperson for Snuipp-FSU, a teachers’ union, “the test hasn’t really started at the 59 schools yet‘ she says to the Parisian.