The minister presents his plans for the school

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It was during the traditional back-to-school press conference that the Minister of National Education set out his project for the school: recruitment of staff, salary increases, education policy… If the announcements are numerous, some are new, but others remain in continuity with the previous five-year term.

If the new minister differs on the form from his predecessor whose contempt had become unbearable, education policy seems to be following the same line. Although the start of the school year is marked by a shortage of teachers, the key announcements, both salary and education, are unsuitable for emergencies and arouse fears of a development of competition between schools and a division of staff between them.

Recruitment of contract staff

The minister announces the opening, in the spring of 2023, of a special tenure competition for contract teachers. Good news for the staff involved, but the conditions have yet to be defined and in particular about the training that will follow this competition. Moreover, this strongly questions two aspects:

The training of contract staff must be of a high standard to enable teachers to have the skills necessary for the success of all students. Four days of training is not enough. Real guidance from this PE is necessary all year round, as well as real ongoing training.

“An organization as large as National Education needs a roster of contract teachers.” the minister remembers. It is to be feared that over a longer period of time competition will arise between two ways of accessing the profession (CRPE and recruitment of contractual PEs). The main access route to the corps of teachers must remain the PERC.

Raise

Pap Ndiaye announces an overall 10% increase for the entire profession with no precise timetable given. At the same time, it evokes the reappraisal of the beginning, even of the mediums of the career, effectively excluding the end of the career. The “distribution” of this increase among all employees will therefore be an essential point in future consultations. Note that for the start of a career 10% will not be enough to exceed the threshold of 2000 €/net per month.

Another 10% increase would depend on the pursuit of new missions under a “Teacher’s Pact”, the current version of the refrain “work more to earn more”. Paying more for the hours worked on additional assignments cannot be part of a revaluation and will contribute to strengthening gender inequality.

These announcements follow the thaw of the 3.5% index point achieved by the SNUipp-FSU, which was materialized on the payslips over the summer. A step forward, but which remains clearly insufficient and can only be the beginning of a real upgrading of the salary scales to cope with galloping inflation.

workforce

The minister continues to split the classes of the major sections in priority education and limit them to 24 pupils in all classes of GS, CP, CE1 with the exception of priority education. To date, no evaluation of the class duplication device has been performed. In a context of staff shortages, this leads to an increase in the number of pupils in the other classes of the same school or in other schools. In addition, the lack of teachers for this new school year will not allow everywhere the limitation to 24 pupils per class, as well as the doubling of GS in Priority Education. It’s a safe bet that customizing the school card will be difficult everywhere.

Pedagogical innovation

500 million euros will go to educational innovation (fund announced for 5 years for all secondary schools and institutions). An announcement related to the generalization of the Marseille experiment that sounds like a reinforcement of the contracting of the schools’ resources according to criteria established by the institution. This creates competition between schools.
At the same time, the minister announces the development of education cities and local support contracts, the generalization of school assessments, new national assessments on a sample for CM1.
Managing for results is no longer a risk, but becomes reality.

Other announcements

Other inaccurate statements were mentioned: grandmother’s plan, revision of the REP card,… This vagueness is justifiably a cause for concern.
The same goes for announcements on school buildings, the renovation of which is essential in view of the current ecological crisis, but for which the state is transferring financially to the local communities.

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