Education: Pap Ndiaye promises good consultation after start of school year

Officially, it’s a “private” trip. Ahead of the first round of legislative elections, Pap Ndiaye traveled to Poitiers on Friday to support the outgoing deputy of the presidential majority, Sacha Houlié. But the meeting organized with selected officials, teachers and extracurricular actors was an opportunity for the new Minister of National Education to present his ideas for the school.

He who was now silently rebuked for his extreme kindness, came out of the shadows. Almost to do a first workout before the time of the great consultation promised by Emmanuel Macron. It will happen “from September or October, when the start of the school year has passed”, he announced on the side of the meeting. Says, in the process he “will not make Grenelle” in education, an allusion to the consultation made by his successor, Jean-Michel Blanquer. The minister said he wanted to be “as close as possible to the field, like this afternoon”, in the spirit of the new approach promoted by Emmanuel Macron.

In the hall of the Vouneuil sous Biard leisure center, a few kilometers from Poitiers, he insisted that, “locally, we can imagine alliances between school and extracurricular, with relevant aid and financial means”, in front of some dozens of teachers, selected. official and extracurricular actors.

“Coming out of the darkness”

The minister also insisted on “equal opportunities” and the need to “plan ourselves into a new dynamic” to “escape the darkness”, by “starting with as many people as possible”. The teachers were “tired, physically and mentally”, “they told me”, he was also lost.

The backdrop of the great consultation promised during Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign is known: it aims to open the school to the outside. “An educational community is composed not only of teachers” who occupy “a central position”, but “need a village to educate a child”, the minister explained, referring to a African proverb. “It’s my project to include all the actors,” he insisted.

Sacha Houlié gave him a set of “running” devices to describe this open school. From the case of mathematics intended to make the link between teachers and extracurricular agents in the town of Nouaillé-Maupertuis to the learning colonies where Vouneuil sous Biard’s assistant, Audrey Fayollat, took students difficult for holidays that mix math and surfing, along with their teachers for a stay of 10 euros per week.

A tool “with a specific vocation to be pursued according to financial equations will be considered because it is an expensive tool of the size of the country”, pushed Pap Ndiaye, who announced that Ukrainian children can benefit from it for learning French there.

“I will be careful in the way”

And for priority education? “Projects exist” but always come against a lack of resources, or even a reduction in positions, launches former SNUipp-FSU secretary general, Francette Popineau, director of a REP school with a new language acquisition project for allophone students, monitored by researchers. “I will be careful in the way, Pap Ndiaye replied. Obviously, priority education should be included in the generalization of experiments [annoncées par Emmanuel Macron], we must be careful to account for it in the margins of breathing and autonomy that we need. »

“Changing admission conditions for competitive examinations”

The Minister further stressed the need to address inequalities in education. He judged that “it is important to drastically change the conditions of admission of the most elitist establishments and whose competitions are the most difficult”. By quoting the bonus points awarded by the scholar holders for the examination competition in higher normal schools and the importance of teaching.

To high school students who were disappointed with Parcoursup’s initial results, he reassured them by discussing the further approach. “The Parcoursup is not a perfect device”, “we refine it every year”, “this year the situation is much better than previous years”, he estimated, recalling the draws during the APB. But in higher education or “social diversity”, he promised to discuss it with his higher education counterpart. After a few weeks of a strange word, Pap Ndiaye did not intend to speak on behalf of Sylvie Retailleau.

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