In order to promote education, precariousness is no longer acceptable

POLITICS – At a time when the health situation is highlighting many professions essential to the smooth functioning of society, national education has its share of essentials, including the 65,000 Educational Assistants (AED).

However, these employees are the ones who live in the most precarious situations, both financially and in terms of the stability of their employment and the recognition of their profession in the schools.

A first step was taken in January 2022 when the National Assembly, on the initiative of the Socialist Group, passed a provision that was later taken up by the Senate and integrated into the bill on combating bullying in schools and the “cdisation” of this staff. All that is missing now is the decree, which is only coming slowly.

All of these agents, though very often overlooked in speeches, have recently received the highest praise in the National Assembly. We have verbally recognized their work and their role, qualifying them as irreplaceable in accompanying the students, whether individually or collectively. Her profession was thus presented as one of the cornerstones of the institution.

They are the first and the first to come into contact with the students. They help them, listen to them, advise them, accompany them at all times outside the closed confines of the classroom, at all times of so-called school life.

The AED love their job, they want to continue doing it despite the low pay. They work passionately in schools, tied to precarious and short-lived contracts that until recently the Education Code limited to a six-year period.

A profession in itself

In the case of the students, the AEDs are in turn diplomats, peacekeepers, psychologists, school companions, caretakers, animators, careers advisers, social workers, educators. In the CPEs, they play a fundamental role, especially in the management of absences, transfers of responsibility, prison terms, mail, school records, etc.

With teachers, administrative and medico-social teams, the AEDs work as secretaries, telephone operators, receptionists, janitors, couriers, archivists, sentries to identify family, social, food, absenteeism, addiction, harassment, violence, distress… AEDs work daily with all employees of the educational institutions.

They are also the first point of contact for the parents of pupils who primarily turn to school life in all matters relating to their child’s day-to-day life at the facility.

However, their recognition remains insufficient. This profession is referred to with the very simplistic term “job” and associated with scholarship holders who are intended for the teaching profession, which no longer corresponds to reality with less than 30% students … Due to the variety of essential tasks that they each Fulfilling the day, the mission they undertake cannot be reduced to a simple stepping stone into the teaching profession.

For recognition beyond words

It is necessary that the place of AEDs alongside the training teams is finally established and recognized as being of equal value. To continue to accompany all moments of school life. Development and participation in educational projects. To continue to create an educational environment.

Therefore, more than ever, AEDs are demanding real recognition of their work through institutional integration. The limitations of their contracts allow them not only to lock them in precariousness and subject them to arbitrariness, but also to continue to participate in this democratic breeding ground, the school.

We demand that the decree that allows these contracts to be concluded quickly is the result of real consultations with the people concerned and the parliamentarians who were the origin of this progress. Despite our numerous inquiries to the Minister for National Education and more than two weeks after the law was promulgated, this decree has still not been published without our knowing the reasons why, raising concerns that these employees are not benefiting from this new right can benefit.

However, the opportunity to sign a permanent contract has given great hope to the thousands of AEDs who are in great pain at having to leave their facility in a matter of months.

It is a first step in building a profession of its own, which must be created a real status so that the AEDs can contribute to an emancipatory education for all students.

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