On December 9, the executive will introduce a bill on the “consolidation of republican principles” that includes a much stricter framework for home education. Reactions in families in Nice.
In his bill against separatism, which he submitted last October, the President of the Republic planned to ban home education from the next school year, i.e. in September 2021.
This will only be possible with very rare exceptions, such as medical care incompatible with the child’s school attendance at the facility.
Every month, prefects close illegal schools, often run by religious extremists.
From the beginning of the 2021 school year, school attendance will be compulsory for everyone from the age of 3, home education will be strictly limited mainly to health requirements.
—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 2, 2020
The original text was intended to prevent children from sectarian, radical and religious recruitment
The President of the Republic, who was questioned for the last time on Brut on Friday, December 5, seems to have backed down and explained that it will be necessary to find the right exceptions.
The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, explained to him that there would be “a system in which we will control the educational project you have for your child”.
Last week, the Council of State reviewed the bill, which must be submitted to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.
A right enshrined in law since 1882
The Ministry of National Education defines home education as “Family Education”. It is a highly controlled facility that allows a family not to place their child in school by providing their own education. This follows from a fundamental right, the principle of which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948 and in the Ferry Law from 1882: “Parents have a priority right to choose the type of education they will provide for their children.” »
In Nice, Cyane’s family chose this alternative education. At the age of 7, this little girl has never known school desks.
Like all families in their situation, they had to report their situation to the Academic Inspectorate and the town hall in their place of residence. They have the right to use the educational support of their choice and are visited every year by an inspector and an educational advisor who must ensure that their child properly acquires knowledge and skills.
“It doesn’t represent who we are”
In his speech on October 2, the President of the Republic defined Islamist separatism: “This conscious, theorized, politico-religious project (…) is materialized by repeated deviations from the values of the Republic”, demonstrations are the schooling of children, the development of common sports and cultural practices, which are a pretext for teaching principles that are not in accordance with the laws of the republic.
For family associations, this statement presents a problem. According to them, Emmanuel Macron links home schooling and radical Islam, while they believe that there is no relationship between families that do not register their children for National Education and those that practice home schooling and are regularly checked. Amalgam, which the associations believe was the subject as early as 2009, when the report of the Inter-Ministerial Mission for Vigilance and Combating Sectarian Deviations (MIVILUDES) was published in 2009.
The prospect of banning homeschooling is a real shock for parents who have chosen this method of education.
It is a violent announcement that results in a general punishment
Cyane’s father, president of the Association de l’Instruction Libre des Alpes-Maritimes, believes that “we must fight against the ill-treatment of children excluded from education for fundamentalist reasons, but the image of education that the government is trying to provide is not correct, it does not represent , who we are.”
Instead of looking for adequate solutions, we throw everyone in the same bag.
Recently, he has noticed a very significant increase in the number of people contacting his association. There are several reasons: difficulties associated with imprisonment and, since the beginning of the school year, the problem with the mask at school.
The petition has been signed more than 120,000 times
Many associations, such as the UNIE, Parents Instructors Enfants Épanouis or LAIA (Free to Learn and Instruct Another), have launched a petition to preserve family education rights. It has already received more than 120,000 signatures.
On Tuesday, November 17, the draft law was sent to the presidents of the Slovak Parliament and the Senate. It must be examined by the Council of Ministers on December 9.
In France, Instruction En Famille covers 50,000 children, which represents 0.5% of families with school-aged children.