With the presidential elections fast approaching, l’Etudiant asked the candidates about their actions in favor of young people and in relation to education if they are elected on April 24, 2022. Orientation, precariousness, access to employment, equal opportunities… Nathalie Arthaud , candidate for Lutte Ouvrière, defends her program for young people.
Candidate for the third consecutive year in the presidential election for Lutte Ouvrière, Nathalie Arthaud is credited with 0.5% to 1% in the polls three weeks before the first ballot on April 10. We asked them about the key issues affecting young people aged 18-25.
The proposals for the youth of the candidate Nathalie Arthaud
The left-wing extremist wants to tackle the impoverishment of some studentswhich she assimilates on “social segregation”. Nathalie Arthaud, an assistant economics teacher at a high school in Aubervilliers, 93, wants to “provide money” to make up for the shortage of teachers and educational assistants to limit overcrowded classes.
What measures do you intend to take to combat student precariousness?
The lives of poor students are getting worse, the confinement deprived them of odd jobs and sent them to food aid. The tuition fees are too high. Scholarships are scarce, are paid out with difficulty and late, and insufficient amounts force working-class students to live on a few hundred euros or work alongside their studies.
For many families who are affected by unemployment and low wages and who can hardly help their children financially, this system is a real social segregation.
Between Abitur reform, obstacle course, health crisis… we observe the disorientation of the students. If you are elected President, what actions will help you orient yourself better?
In higher education it is necessary challenge all budget cuts that take place under the guise of autonomy, like all reforms aimed at putting education at the service of business. Education suffers dramatically from the shortage of teachers and professionals such as teaching assistants, resulting in overcrowded classes. A whole sector of higher education is dying from these reforms, which make corporations the very arbiters of higher education.
On the contrary, education must give as many people as possible access to the broadest possible general culture in all areas. Higher education should not aim to get students off the ground that benefits companies, or companies should provide young workers who are already educated and ready to be exploited, thus sparing them the years of necessary ‘in-house’ training .
Almost one in five young workers aged 20 to 24 is unemployed. How do you intend to fight youth unemployment?
Unemployment must be eliminated by dividing working hours among all without cutting wages. Those who work are crumbling under the pace because there is no substitute for retirement. The government wants the old to work more and more while the young are unemployed. It’s an aberration.
If elected, what actions will be taken to promote social diversity in higher education and particularly in the most selective sectors?
In France, nearly 40% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds are in difficulty. These pupils then go through a chaotic everyday school life at least until they are 16 years old, which marks the end of compulsory schooling, with grade repetitions at times interspersed. For that to change, we need to spend money, time and teachers instead of cutting resources again.
In theory, access to higher education is open to a large number of people. But at the same time Selection mechanisms were introduced and the number of courses multiplied in order to direct most of the working-class young people onto technological or professional paths. Next door, the royal roads are entertained: preparatory classes and large schools. Everyone has a chance? In reality, the “social elevator” isn’t broken, it never worked.