Pap Ndiaye and the unions: “We are waiting to judge on documents”

Ithe created, by the break that he embodies with his predecessor, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and his career outside the political seraglio, the “surprise” of this new government. The academic specialist in the history of minorities Pap Ndiaye, now Minister of National Education, has also crystallized, since last Friday May 20, the questions and expectations of the entire educational community.

First tenant of Rue de Grenelle to be neither a politician nor a senior official of National Education, his “novice” character could precisely “play in his favor”, underlines, in this respect, the historian of education Claude Lelièvre: “The image of a person of goodwill is a good starting point for establishing dialogue and sometimes even offers a brief state of grace. “That he does not know the National Education house is, a priori, not a defect”, abounds Stéphane Crochet, general secretary of the SE-Unsa teachers’ union; “it is not necessary to come from within to understand the issues that arise at school”.

A symbolic break

More “concerned” by the absence of a political past of the former director of the National Museum of Immigration, he specifies: “We fear that this will be a handicap for the work to be carried out and particularly with regard to obtaining arbitrations. A concern shared by several teachers’ unions, including Snalc. “Without real political weight, what will be its room for maneuver? asks Jean-Rémi Girard, its president.

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“It is not certain that the rupture that it embodies goes beyond the symbolic dimension”, he expresses, moreover. “How will he position himself vis-à-vis Emmanuel Macron, who already seemed to draw a line during his campaign? [avec le « pacte » pour les enseignants, notamment, qui consiste en de meilleures rémunérations pour de « nouvelles missions », NDLR]. »

Also, past the surprise of his appointment, the idea of ​​an institutional status quo. If the profile “more woke than universalist” of the new minister “challenges” and “leaves perplexed”, the PEEP (first federation of parents of pupils, rather marked on the right), its spokesperson Emmanuel Garot nuance: “It does not It is not certain that this sensitivity has a real impact on the organization of National Education, many issues of which, including the recruitment of teachers, escape this type of consideration. »

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A measured optimism

“There is no front of refusal when we could have expected this to be the case”, observes, meanwhile, the education specialist Claude Lelièvre, according to whom this state of affairs reveals, in particular, how “the expectations of the base are strong”. Which are based “above all” on the attractiveness of a profession, whose recruitment crisis raises fears of a lack of teachers at the start of the next school year, express the unions with one voice.

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“Perhaps he will have a new look at the professional path, questions of inclusive education or the exercise of accompanying students with disabilities…” expresses, meanwhile, Jean-Rémi Girard of Snalc . But, despite a marked sensitivity on the left, “the distrust of the teachers remains great” and “the measured optimism”, confides Stéphane Crochet, according to whom “after a deep divorce with Jean-Michel Blanquer, it is up to Pap Ndiaye to reconcile staff with their institution”.

“There is no question, however, of indulging in the trial of intention or premature pessimism, assures the affiliated professor Unsa. We are waiting to discuss with him, to know his roadmap and to judge… on documents”. The minister will receive, for the first time, the teacher unions this Wednesday, May 25, rue de Grenelle.

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