The format surprised and the background as well. On the morning of Thursday, August 25, Emmanuel Macron opened an unprecedented conference for rectors of academies. In a speech broadcast on social media in the Elysées, the head of state detailed the plan for the coming months and the ambitions for his second five-year term, giving an unflattering assessment of the state of the school system.
He then outlined the measures that needed to be taken, before calling for a change to the method announced before the summer to make the school system more flexible and less centralized. In the education community, the president’s speech was received with caution.
- “Great work” promised in operations, beyond expectations
The President of the Republic spoke to describe this new operation based on the field proposal “great job” for “create a new project, school by school”. Projects decided by the learning teams will benefit the “educational innovation fund” subsidized by the amount of 500 million euros. But for the main stakeholders, the plan is not clear and it seems that it does not correspond to the current crisis, recruitment and purchasing power of teachers.
“When it comes to seducing parents of students and staff around the table, it’s called the board and we know how to do it. notes Bruno Bobkiewicz, general secretary of the SNPDEN-UNSA directors’ union. On the other hand, operations will not want to organize things if they feel that it will not work out afterwards. » Emmanuel Macron insisted “freedom” learning teams whether or not to design projects. Participation is optional for Bruno Bobkiewicz “is a way of admitting that it’s not such a good idea”.
“The school does not need to start projects, it needs resources”worried Guislaine David from SNUipp-FSU, while the head of state assumed the belief that additional funds would not solve the difficulties.
The idea of indexing funding to projects is also worrying: what about those who have not proposed anything, due to lack of time or because some staff are against it? “We’ll spend three months debating to finally give out the tablets, because that’s how it always ends. annoys Jean-Rémi Girard of the National Union of Secondary Schools and Colleges (Snalc). Let them give the 500 million euros to catch up on salaries, it will go faster. »
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