Education: the PCF’s emergency plan

Posted on 08/31/22 by PCF

A few days before the start of the school year, the president of the republic launched a new offensive against public schools and teaching staff.

“The school is bad”. But Macron’s responsibility is great in aggravating the crisis in the education system. Covid has exposed these inequalities, but also a pretext to strengthen selection and social sorting, worsen the conditions for recruitment and the practice of teaching professions.

The president plans to establish a minimum school for everyone and to market whole parts of the education system: private education, private lessons, “coaching”, private educational leisure … He can count on the right and the RN to deliver these support measures.

This school “of the future” is not the ultra-liberal response to the crisis of the school, but to that of capitalism. It wants to serve its interests: supply the knowledge market to capital, worsen social order and competition. Vocational education is at the forefront.

The professional crisis in education has real causes. The deterioration of the recruitment conditions, the low pay in France compared to other EU countries, the attacks on teaching professions but also the liberal project for schools that does not meet the needs and expectations.

In view of this, the PCF issued an education emergency plan in July, proposing both to meet immediate needs and to initiate a transformation of the education system that strives for the success of all without the requirement of a high-level common culture. This plan directly confronts the presidential project.

Following on from Fabien Roussel’s campaign and the proposals developed during the campaign, it is about conducting an ideological and political struggle for common education by working for majority mobilizations and transformative vocation.

This translates into proposals to end the staff shortage. 30,000 recruitments are needed, in addition to the recruitment of additional lists and the appointment of contract workers who have been practicing for several years, the pre-recruitment of teachers with bac + 3 from the start of the school year and a specific competition for their tenure at bac + 5. We strive for a high level of education in teaching content and also in terms of pedagogy, understanding of academic difficulties, social inequalities in academic success and professional, didactic and technical gestures.

We are also proposing salary increases for all teaching occupations, tenure and a return to civil servant status as a means of entering the profession.

We want to end selection segregation:

  • discontinuation of Parcoursup,
  • return to a national baccalaureate degree, with common tests and access to the university education of their choice for all baccalaureate holders,
  • recruit 10,000 teacher researchers to house all students,
  • initiate a large-scale plan for the construction and renovation of schools together with the local authorities.

It’s about transforming the public school so that it can complete its missions. This is particularly the case for vocational education, which is in direct competition with employer-owned and private sector apprenticeships. It is about rebuilding the school by trying to meet the needs of those who only have school to learn, and this will benefit all students.

We must rebuild a large, reunited public education service and end private sector competition.

We propose the closure of private schools outside the contract, the modulation of support to private institutions according to criteria of social diversity and to return public schools the means to welcome all students. This again involves recruiting and training staff with civil servant status to end the precariousness and decline of teaching professions.

It is a matter of giving back time to all students and staff, to learn, train, succeed, build their orientation and make thoughtful and informed choices. The school must be re-established in response to the needs of the pupil who has only the school to learn. We need to end homework that corresponds to an “externalization” of some of the learning left in the care of the family or the private sector, causing strong inequalities.

A leaflet will be available for the federations, and a call for support from teaching staff, parents, high school students, students who will mobilize in the coming weeks.

Sebastien Laborde

Leave a Comment