who is Pap Ndiaye, the Minister of National Education who broke the line of Jean-Michel Blanquer?

“Mr. Pap Ndiaye appointed Minister of National Education and Youth.” It was the great surprise of the Elisabeth Borne government, which was opened, Friday, May 20, by Alexis Kohler, the secretary general of the Elysée, on the steps of the presidential palace.

Born to a Senegalese father and a French mother, Pap Ndiaye until then headed the Palais de la Porte Dorée, where the National Museum of the History of Immigration, is located, in Paris. A position he has held since the spring of 2021, after being appointed by Emmanuel Macron. Professor of Sciences Po Paris, this 56-year-old researcher is an academic respected by his peers and considered a “shoe size” in France and abroad on minority issues.

For his first speech as a minister, the newcomer described himself as “a pure product of republican meritocracy where the school is the pillar (…), perhaps a symbol, that of meritocracy, but perhaps also of diversity”. He immediately claimed “Understand this task with humility, with dignity, but also with all the energy and all the intelligent good will that [sienne]“. The consolidation of basic knowledge, equal opportunities, the necessary adaptation of schools to the turmoil of economies and societies all “challenges” which he intended to raise.

In a picture dedicated to him The world in 2021, the daily says the Head of State has chosen him for “comforting the spirits”in the face of the birth tensions feared by the country’s government, especially after the death of George Floyd in the United States, in May 2020. Pap Ndiaye sees his appointment as a symbol of youth “not white”even if it is an appointment “first because of his long academic career (…). I believe in myself as the color of my skin “he added to the AFP.

Pap Ndiaye, who did not hesitate to mention “structural racism in France, where institutions like the police can commit racist acts ”, dili ‘never had the same view as its predecessor on rue de Grenelle. Jean-Michel Blanquer actually spent part of his five years in the war ministry “awakening ideology”. “In everything related to minorities, he incorporates orientations that are definitely not what Jean-Michel Blanquer has implemented”confirms sociologist Michel Wieviorka, still The world. “If he has a way of getting the politics he can involve, as an intellectual personality, I think we’re going to go in a new direction”, he is many.

on “Islamo-leftism” around the university, criticized by Jean-Michel Blanquer or even the former Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, Pap Ndiaye has hits France Inter: This term does not refer to any university reality. What frightens me most of all is the level of ignorance of the political world in the research conducted by the university on the social sciences and the people.

On Friday, the arrival of the National Education Prix Goncourt 2019 sister, Marie Ndiaye, who signed in 2012 a platform calling for a vote for François Hollande, did not fail to create a class reaction to politics.

In the far right, this appointment is reprimanded. This is the particular case of National Rally spokesman Julien Odoul, who criticized on Twitter “an immigrationist activist to re-educate our children to‘ live with ’migrants and deconstruct the History of France. This teaching transcends the boundaries of challenge. “

On the side of La France insoumise (LFI), we accept this appointment, even if we view it as a political maneuver. “I am shocked by this news. For me, Pap Ndiaye was never there. What is certain is that National Education needs to be ‘unblocked'”, replied AFP, LFI deputy Alexis Corbière. but “This media stunt, the only one from this dull government, cannot contain the deep anger of National Education.“, as the parliamentarian.

For Snes-FSU, the primary union of secondary school teachers, ”Pap Ndiaye’s appointment was a break with Jean-Michel Blanquer in more ways than one ”. but “National Education is not ruled only by symbols”he warned in a press release. “Emergencies are real, quick responses are expected, especially in terms of salary.” For the new Minister of National Education, the task promises to be enormous.

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