“Hello, France Bleu? How do we warn that we're going to demonstrate?” On the line, Romain, an angry father, his three children go to school in Lunery, in Cher, a small country school. “There's one class per level, there's about twenty per class. Even with that, there's a delay when they get to college.”
So, when the parents heard that the Academy Inspectorate had come to visit, they felt a bad wind. “They will take our class. This will mean four teachers for five grades, so at least two two-grade classes. When we see how we managed to have five full-time employees, young, motivated, dynamic.”
Don't add “difficulty to difficulty”
Romain knows what he's talking about, his wife is a parent representative, and he's a municipal councilor. However, in recent years, despite inflation, the City Hall “gives priority to the education of our children, investing in equipment, hiring staff… The school is 50% of the municipal staff for example. A bet on the future, “to give our kids the same opportunity as those in the cities, who have less time to travel, better access to culture, and a middle school and high school not far away. Take away the grade, it makes it harder.” But also to maintain the dynamism of the city** and “attract new residents”. In short: to maintain a fair public service that fulfills its mission of equal opportunities and enables everyday life to be maintained in rural areas. To protest against the project, parents are calling for mobilization this Friday, 9. February in front of the school.
In Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre, in Indre,** parents already protested at the end of January. And they fear closing classes even if the mayor wants to be reassuring. “It's true that the Academy Inspectorate visited us. But we're getting students… I don't think we're going to lose a class.” In the meantime, he makes sure to monitor the situation very closely.
“We want to get them used to overcrowded high school classes?”
In Châteauroux, Yolande represents parents of students at the Collège des Capucins, an institution in the center of town that has 16 classes, four per level. “We were told that the third grade will be closed at the beginning of the school year,” she complains, worried about the students' further work. “30 per class, especially in this important class… If the goal is to get them used to overcrowded classes in high school, that's a success,” quips the mother.
Since the publication, she says, she has asked the Academy for explanations, but to no avail. “So when I hear Gabriel Attal say that education is a priority… we can see that's incorrect! Otherwise we'd be giving teachers the means to practice properly.”
Four additional seats in Indre, 19 less in Cher
According to the academy's calculations, Cher should lose 19 positions for several hundred fewer students. Indre, which would receive 117 students, could receive four additional places. Insufficient in relation to the expected number, this could therefore mean a redistribution of teaching staff, with the closure of certain places to create new classes in other places, according to the principle of joined vessels. In Indre, the unions are aware that they have been relatively preserved in recent years, and while they are happy to have received students, they fear that without the right additional funds, the classes will be overcrowded and the learning conditions degraded. At Cher, we regret not taking advantage of this drop in numbers to set up a little more personalized monitoring.
A new working meeting is being held in Châteauroux this Thursday, February 8th, ahead of the publication of the official draft map on Thursday, February 15th. In Bourges, the first meeting took place this Monday, February 5, the second is planned for Tuesday, February 6, before the official ticket is known on Tuesday, February 13.
Rakshita Upadhyay, residing in the city of Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, holds a Master’s degree in Data Mining. She has had a passion for writing and anchoring since childhood.