“We're affected”: parents, farmers and elected officials mobilize against Lannepax class closures

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Demonstrations gathered several dozen people in Lannepax this Monday, February 5, where DASEN is considering abolishing the teaching post in the primary school.

They didn't give up. At the start of a decisive week for the future of Lannepax School, parents demonstrated this Monday against the abolition of teaching posts strongly predicted by DASEN. The struggle that they have been leading for several years through the “Autour des p'tits loups” association, and which received the support of elected officials and several farmers this Monday. Arriving as reinforcements with their agricultural machinery, they set up a filter dam in the city.

As a reminder, the Lannepax school is currently integrated into the inter-municipal educational group (RPI) which also extends to the municipalities of Dému, Noulens, Ramouzens and Bascous. The Lannepax class accepts students ranging from large sections of Kindergarten to CM2. Faced with a continuous decline in numbers (an average of 12 students per class within the RPI), DASEN is seriously considering eliminating one of the four teaching posts. An option that does not delight the association of parents (APE).

“We will have busier classes”

The co-presidents of APE, Nathalie Delannoy and Aurélia Bonté strongly reminded of their demands: “We are used to it, because we had the same problem last year. We were affected, but it will affect IPP, we will have more classes!”, they were moved. The mayor of the city Patricia de Hondt supported this speech. “The academy inspector called me on Friday night and said it was confirmed. I told him we would be there on Monday morning, with the parents of the students,” she recalled.

Farmers set up a filter dam to show their support.

Farmers set up a filter dam to show their support.

Aware of the “general decline in numbers in the Gers”, MP David Taupiac also made the trip, recalling his support for the schools, “and especially small rural schools, which are essential for the vitality of our territory”. He continued: “We already fought last year at Lannepax, we will have to fight again this year”.

“No closing of schools”

Faced with this new mobilization, and before making a final decision after consultation with the unions and the Departmental Council for National Education (CDEN), DASEN intends to reassure parents about the RPI. “I want to send a strong message to them about the idea of ​​further consolidation of this school and see how we can work together on that. We're maintaining that and that's something we'll support. There's no closing the school, and we're a long way from that. It's going to stay at RPI three positions, with numbers that are really in the average of the department, or even below,” emphasizes Gers academic director Farid Djemmal.

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