“When our school is in doubt, the situation requires the mobilization of each of its stakeholders”, why is the Paris rector resigning?

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One of the nation's top education officials, the Paris rector, resigned on Friday, an extremely rare decision, after the ministry opted for a moratorium on part of its reform of preparatory classes, intended to introduce more diversity.

A new blow for Amélie Oudéa-Castér, the former chief of staff of Jean-Michel Blanquer, the rector of Paris, has just resigned. This decision comes after rue de Grenelle on Wednesday suspended the project of the rectory aimed at closing several preparatory classes for the start of the 2024 school year in order to open three others with a more “social” interest: one in Henri-IV. gymnasiums for future teachers and two for vocational gymnasium students.

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A few weeks after her appointment as head of National Education, while she is embroiled in controversies over her children's education and while teachers' revolt is heard across France, Amélie Oudéa-Castera has just lost an ally in the person of Christophe Kerrer, Rector of Paris, one of the top executives of National Education. in France.

“Today I am leaving my role as rector of the Paris Academy, while our school is in the grip of doubt, and the situation nevertheless requires the mobilization of all its actors,” writes Christophe Kerrero in his letter to the staff of the Academy. According to his entourage, the rector felt “abandoned” by the Minister of National Education regarding the school plan.

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Indeed, the latter recently announced a moratorium on a project led by the Paris Rectorate, which aims to close several preparatory classes for the start of the 2024 school year in order to open three others with a more social appeal.

Amélie Oudéa-Castera said she “takes note” of the decision of Christophe Kerrer, “who has done so much for the school and the success of all students”.

I acknowledge the resignation @ckerrero, who has done so much for the school and the success of all students. I would like to salute his exemplary career and his commitment to social diversity, especially in Paris, where we will continue, as I have… https://t.co/MrEBYpVqK2

— Amélie Oudéa-Castéra (@AOC1978) February 2, 2024

“For the minister to decide on the subject of the national map of preparatory classes, that is part of her prerogatives, but it could have been done differently,” Sophie Vénétitay, secretary general of Snes-FSU for middle and high schools, reacted to AFP.

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