School map in Indre-et-Loire: planned closure of new classes for the year 2024-2025.

School cards issued by the Academy are feared every year. In Indre-et-Loire, 15 jobs and 40 classes were lost at the beginning of the 2023 school year. According to the union SNUIPP 37, the demographic decline is still current, at least 4 places should be “returned”, and 24 classes could be closed, 64 schools are being studied for closing one or more classes. No sector of the department was spared, not even the city center of Tours.

This is a small exception for the next school year: the potential closure of classes could also affect schools in urban areas. In Tours there would be 5 closes for 4 opens. Among the injured, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Saint-Avertin or even Joué-lès-Tours which could lose 6 classes including one in the Mignonne kindergarten, classified in REP+, that is in priority education. The students' parents condemn the fiasco, especially since the school accepts children with developmental disabilities, who are not taken care of by specialized institutions.

More closures in rural areas

Schools in rural areas face a shortage of students every year. However, certain potential closures are sometimes seen as unfair, as certain municipalities such as Veretz and Sorigny invest and build housing estates to attract new families.

In Vallères, the school could lose a class even though an additional student was enrolled. In Neuil, near Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, the village school may be closed. There are currently 2 classes and 18 students, who will therefore go to an institution in a nearby municipality in September, which we call RPI, an intercommunal educational group, that is, a school shared by several villages.

Parents of students are mobilizing

Wherever classes might be closed, parents of students are mobilizing and starting petitions. In Luynes, for example, ten kilometers from Tours, the Albert Camus school could lose a class next school year. It would be the fourth in five years.

This Saturday, February 10, a mobilization is planned at 10 a.m. in front of the Albert Camus school in Luynes. This Saturday, February 10, a mobilization is planned at 10 a.m. in front of the Albert Camus school in Luynes. © Radio France
Laurette Puaud

“Closing classes, school in danger,” a banner sets the tone outside Albert Camus School, where Lucie is picking up her son CM2. “All these efforts lead to class closures in the end,” because after three closures in the past years, the municipality reorganized the number of students between primary schools to try to save classes.

Parents are worried about the future of the school and the quality of teaching. “Knowing that there are already a lot of them in the class, the wish is to have easier hours so that the teacher can deal with the children and their difficulties.”

School card for the school year 2024-2025. out this wednesday. However, it is not final until next June. Last year, 15 jobs were “returned” to the department and forty departments were closed.

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