A very new and exceptionally quiet minister, does Pap Ndiaye have a cabinet that can help him improve his education policy? In the absence of a prominent personality, the cabinet shows, if examined, the linkage of several political projects. If the Macronian reform of the professional path was strongly supported by many cabinet members, another source of inspiration guided the cabinet. It is remarkable to see how the Court of Auditors, for the first time, is strongly represented in key positions. However, a few months before the presidential election, the Court published at least 4 School reports all calling for the same reform: the privatization of the School, that is its submission to a new management results in private. With the new minister and the current cabinet, this reform must act immediately.
The office of a new minister
So far 12 members of P. Ndiaye’s cabinet have been identified. Everyone has the same choice of high places. But not everyone has the same background. This cabinet of a new minister seems to be composed of different schools.
We must first identify the personalities directly associated with Emmanuel Macron. This was the case with the chief of staff, who performed the same function at E Macron when he was finance minister. Anne Rubinstein is also the Special Advisor to the Minister. In principle, it is the special advisor who sets the educational horizon in the cabinet. This is the case of JP Delahaye with V. Peillon. Along with JM Blanquer, Fanny Anor marked the presence of the Institut Montaigne as a source of inspiration for the minister. A Rubinstein is not known to be an education specialist. His appointment to this post seems above all to prevent the minister from appointing and special counsel. Former general delegate for youth with Macron and project manager for EM !, Pierre-Gaël Bessière, deputy chief of staff, was also close to the president. Julie Benetti, former rector of Corsica but also responsible for the education post of candidate Macron’s team is the “minister’s adviser”, with no particular area.
The reform of the professional path
Another strong line can be seen in the cabinet. This will lead to the reform of the professional path. This is the place of excellence of JM Huart, cabinet director and a loyalist of JM Blanquer. He was the backbone of the Sapin law as director of training at the Ministry of Labor in 2015-217. She can count on Guillaume Houzel, guidance counselor, vocational education and apprenticeship. In 2019 JM Blanquer and F VIdal relied on him on a mission aimed at removing barriers to learning growth. E Macron expressed his desire to go in this direction and to take the professional path closer to the local needs of companies.
The Court of Auditors rue de Grenelle
But the originality of this company is the place the personalities take from the Court of Auditors. This is the case of Thierry Le Goff, deputy director of the cabinet, former HRD for national education but former Court adviser. This is also the case of Anastasia Iline, also deputy director of the v = cabinet, who is deputy secretary general of the Court of Auditors.
However, the Court of Auditors is anything but neutral on education policies. While it traditionally publishes reports on education after the election, this year it chose to publish at least 4 reports before the presidential election. He launched a number of themes that developed during the campaign. And who is now in the cabinet.
An education project: the new public administration
In December 2021, it was published by the Court a report criticizing the poor performance of the French education system and pointing out ways to improve it. The Court lamented “a very slow adjustment in the spending structure to the evolution of student demographics … National Education does not use sufficient tools such as overtime to anticipate the effects of declining school demographics” . He demanded a reduction in the number of teachers. Another strong idea: education reforms are “not enough to improve performance” at the School. The School organization must be attacked. “Education reforms require a change in the ways in which the school system is organized, which has affected particularly the autonomy of the establishments and the rights of the heads of the establishments … The school, college and high school does not have ‘enough autonomy.’ So it is necessary to deconcentrate the School and give more autonomy to the establishments and their leaders.And for that, the elementary schools need to unite in one establishment.We see the idea to give more power to the heads of establishments and principals, especially for the evaluation of teachers.The Court also defended the idea of annualization of services, a reform that would enable teachers to work more no charge to them.
Fifteen days later the Court published another report on “absenteeism“teachers are considering a new situation for teachers.” In the medium term, it may be appropriate to alleviate the barriers associated with the rigidities of teacher management (overly strict weekly obligations) service, monovalent, very limited role of the head of the establishment) and to introduce greater flexibility, using the good practices developed within certain establishments “, the report explained. For the Court, there are 4 billion to be derived from the management of teachers thanks to statutory changes.annualization and the obligation to replace absent teachers and ultimately bivalence in secondary education.He also wants to conclude PPCR agreements to strengthen the merit assessment of school heads.
In early May 2022, the Court of Auditors revisited these ideas in a summary of the evaluation teacher. It promotes the evaluation of faculty directors and heads of establishments to comfort inspectors and ensure better recognition of merit. At the end of November 2021, the Court ruled in civic education of students to recommend a return to traditional teaching centered on institutions and transmission.
Here are 4 reports that offer a similar vision of the School. This is the New Public Management. This evolution of the School towards a company-inspired management, a form of privatization of the School, we have seen it in Macron’s speeches on June 2 and 3, at Dating at Worksuch as a recent Senate report.
With the presence of advisers from the Court of Auditors at the heart of the ministry, the privatization of education, desired by Emmanuel Macron, could be achieved. This is probably the great work of the quinquennium.