EDITORIAL School map in Gard: time for ambitions?

Closing classes necessarily sends a negative signal. For the municipality, for the public service it represents and for the attractiveness of the territory as a whole.

As every year at this time, the biggest concern is the school plan for the next school year. With the drop in the average number in the department, the National Education Services are trying in every way to adapt as much as possible to the statistical reality. Except that the numbers, as unions often remind us, we can make them say whatever we want. Today, only one thing is important: that classes are open throughout Gard to welcome schoolchildren wherever they come from. This desire is even stronger today after the statements of the former Minister of Education, now the Prime Minister, who made the education project a national priority. At the time of the transfer of power from √Člisabeth Borne, he went even further by declaring that he wanted to invest all his energy in “giving hope to this generation, to these parents, working for the school of the Republic”. Let it be heard! Why then, a few days later, do the opposite in the territories? Especially in Gard, a rural, poor department, which deserves all the attention to avoid dropping out of school and offer the best opportunities for children. Of course we cannot open classes without students. It is obvious that spent public money cannot be spent uncontrolled. But closing classes necessarily sends a negative signal. For the municipality, for the public service it represents and for the attractiveness of the territory as a whole. On the teaching side, the most beautiful profession in the world has undeniably turned into suffering in recent years. Apart from the terrorist attacks that destroyed the entire profession. And here it is time to concretely establish the necessary means to rediscover the taste for transmission. And offer a decent income to those who carry future generations. Yes, there have been wage increases under Emmanuel Macron's mandates. To deny that would be to lie. But that is not enough if we want to have real ambition. Finally, faced with a world in complete upheaval, where students are now faced with the weight of images coming from here, and often elsewhere, on social media. Fight against discrimination in republican schools that do not sufficiently accept students with physical and mental disabilities. We have to recruit and accept classes with far fewer students. They may also compete in initiatives and innovations.

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