At the invitation of Sud Ouest, the three teachers randomly discussed their perception of this presidential campaign. The conversation began with this paradoxical observation shared by the three: “Education occupies an important place in each other’s programs and often appears among the first themes to be developed. However, compared to other issues such as immigration or purchasing power, it will have been relatively little discussed in the public debate.”
Almost all candidates commit to increasing teachers’ salaries. It has to be said that French teachers are among the lowest paid in the OECD, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, especially when they enter the profession. The average salary of a teacher in France in 2019 was 2,490 euros net per month. “I earn 2,600 euros net per month,” says Cyrille Orlowski, associate, main teacher, 22 years of service. “2,500 euros” for Charlotte Laizet, 19 years of service. “2,300 euros net” for Sabrina Moretto, 16 years in the business.
“Education is relatively little mentioned in the public debate compared to other issues such as immigration or purchasing power”
In the second part of Emmanuel Macron’s mandate, the gradual increase in salaries has become a priority of Jean-Michel Blanquer’s policy: since last year, all teachers have received an annual IT bonus of 150 euros and up to the seventh level (the first fifteen years of the profession ), a premium of 500 to 1,400 euros per year. Insufficient progress in the eyes of teachers.
“This means that it is not possible to make up for the delay that has accumulated. According to a Senate report published last year, in constant euros, French teachers have lost between 15% and 25% of their salaries in twenty years. We don’t do this job for the money, of course, but I didn’t expect to lose anything when I started, explains Charlotte Laizet. One of my young colleagues, 30 years old, cannot find accommodation in Bordeaux. »
“We have to upgrade our profession, but it’s not just a question of money, we have to give it back value in terms of appreciation, recognition, place in society,” believes Cyrille Orlowski. The three teachers realize that their job “is no longer a dream”. “The number of candidates for competitions continues to decline. Vacancies remain vacant, particularly in the subjects German, Classics and Mathematics. Parents can clearly see that if a permanent teacher is absent, it is difficult to replace them or that contract workers urgently need to be called in,” emphasizes Charlotte Laizet.
“We do not expect a revolution, but means to work in suitable conditions and a more attentive ear”
“Some young people who have passed the competition who are entering the profession are already thinking about changing it. It’s worrying. It’s not the salary, it’s the working conditions: verticality of instructions, contradictory orders, programs so overloaded that they cannot be carried out. We should be trusted more,” argues Sabrina Moretto-Raboutet.