24 November 2023

Élisabeth Borne, Prime Minister, visits the Albert Camus primary school in La Machine, Nièvre, Friday March 31, 2023 - 2023©Jean-Claude Coutausse for Le Monde

She promised to “change method”. During a trip to the Nièvre focused on education, Elisabeth Borne wanted to address the ” sensible point “ class closures in rural areas, with more anticipation. “Today, they are announced a few months in advance. We want to be able to anticipate, share transparently with elected officials and have an approach over several years, in order to find appropriate responses.”wished the Prime Minister

This is his first trip to the region for almost two months, intended to highlight education, about which the executive wants to provide “concrete answers”as on health and ecology, as part of the roadmap entrusted to it by the President.

Accompanied by the Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, and the Minister Delegate for Rural Affairs, Dominique Faure, Mme Borne discussed with the pupils and teaching teams of the Albert-Camus primary school and the Jean-Rostand middle school in La Machine “on the issues of education and equal opportunities in rural areas”.

She attended an English course in co-teaching between college teachers and school teachers at the Jean-Rostand college, before participating in Nevers on the municipal council for children (8-13 years old) and the municipal council for juniors (14- 17 years old), who told him about their “proposals to improve the public service of education”.

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“Systematic” replacements

Elisabeth Borne again assured the press that the government “undertakes that from the start of the school year there can be systematic replacements, including for short-term absences”. She also mentioned “the generalization of rural educational territories, doubling them next year”. Objective: 300 within three years, according to his entourage.

Created on an experimental basis in the spring of 2021, the rural educational territories (TER) bring together all the actors (State, communities and associations) around the child to contribute to his career and his success. According to data from the Ministry of National Education, there are currently “65 TER, in 10 academies and 40 departments, with 92 colleges and 665 schools”.

She finally said that she would like the development of boarding schools in the most isolated high schools, “so that young people are not constrained in the choice of their high school by geographical distance, and therefore that they can access the courses they want”.

About 150 people demonstrated near the Ducal Palace in Nevers, where Elisabeth Borne was to go. “They want to take the field on other issues and say that the government has moved on”regretted Carole Douspis, of the CGT of Nièvre.

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