Education enters the campaign. All candidates for the presidential election have now announced their program in this area. Between the salary demands of the pedagogical staff, the desire to put French and mathematics lessons back at the center of the programs or the financing of new apprenticeships, the candidates take up the question and propose numerous measures.
On the occasion of the release of our Presidential playlists (you can find the education ones by clicking here or at the end of this article), Europe 1 returns to the proposals of certain candidates.
If the Socialist Party candidate is elected, she will create a “mixed plan in each department that will make it possible to end the college ghettos”. Because for Anne Hidalgo, school diversity is essential.
To respond to the problem of school bullying, she promises to “ensure the application of a simple rule: every case of harassment, whether at school or online, must lead to an institutional response, through dialogue with the perpetrator of the harassment and, where appropriate, through their sanctioning”.
She also proposes abolishing the Parcoursup post-graduate platform and increasing teachers’ wages.
The candidate from Europe Écologie-Les Verts pleads for a “major project of reconciliation around the school” with the hiring of 65,000 apprenticeships, especially for kindergartens or for the procurement of replacements. His program also confirms his desire to increase teachers’ pay by 20 percent over the five-year term.
Yannick Jadot has announced that he wants to shorten the length of the school holidays, especially in summer. He also wants to “break with a culture of intensive learning and constant assessment”, stressing that in France 73% of compulsory education is devoted to the so-called “basic subjects”, compared to 50% in Europe. His project envisages doing this in order to promote for all students more “hands-on learning that our society needs”: gardening, DIY, cooking …
The candidate of the Résistons! also wants to increase the teacher’s salary from 1,500 to 2,400 euros.
Like Emmanuel Macron, he wants to learn code and computer science, but from primary school, unlike the head of state, who plans to do it from the 5th. Jean Lassalle would also like to learn two living foreign languages or one foreign language and one regional one.
If he is elected, he will finance 300,000 additional training positions at companies and, from the 4th year, will create a dual study program one day a week.
The National Assembly candidate wants to see uniforms returned to elementary schools and colleges. Marine Le Pen also wants to “put French, math and history classes back at the heart of the programmes”. One of the first measures will also be to increase teachers’ salaries by 5% per year.
For his part, the head of state wants to train a million apprentices in France. “You have to have needs-based courses at vocational schools. There are too many courses in which there are no places,” he explained.
Emmanuel Macron also wants to teach the language of computer code from the 5th grade for those who want to put mathematics back into the common core in high school and high school and set up 30 minutes of sport per day from the school year 2022 in elementary schools.
He is more reserved than other candidates when it comes to teachers’ pay, tying it to “definition of new tasks.”
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For the La France insoumise (LFI) candidate, strengthening the workforce in schools is his priority. He plans to hire 160,000 teachers during his tenure, as well as 6,000 doctors, psychologists, nurses and 8,000 Senior Education Advisors (CPE). With this, Jean-Luc Mélenchon also wants to reduce the number of students per class to an average of 19 students in priority educational institutions in kindergarten.
Offering free canteens, transportation and school trips, it also announces the free distribution of textbooks and school supplies. As Anne Hidalgo imagines, Jean-Luc Mélenchon also wants to abolish Parcoursup.
A “national school start” is the motto of the Republican candidate. Valérie Pécresse wants to “raise the level” and proposes introducing two additional hours of French and one hour of mathematics per week in primary school. The president of the Île-de-France region also plans to introduce a college entrance exam to determine students’ levels and set up refresher courses for those who need them.
Regarding the workforce, Valérie Pécresse would like to hire 10,000 additional teachers and create a national training reserve made up of retired teachers, in particular to remedy the replacement of an absent teacher.
He is certainly one of the few presidential candidates to propose this measure: increasing school hours to 27 hours a week in elementary school and 32 hours in college. But Fabien Roussel wants to calm down and assures that the working hours of the teachers will not be increased. He also wants to do away with homework.
It also plans to hire 90,000 new teachers and increase teachers’ salaries by 30%. If elected, he will increase the national education budget by 45% from the first year of his five-year term.
Literacy and numeracy will be at the heart of education if Éric Zemmour is elected. To measure these basic achievements, she also wants to set up a degree at the end of elementary school.
The Candidate of the Reconquest! wants to create a large ministry for public education and “ban all forms of ideological propaganda in schools”. Other central proposals of the candidate: Establishment of appropriate classes in colleges and restoration of the scientific, economic and social and literary sectors in high school.
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