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Should school principals be allowed to recruit teachers?

Should head teachers be allowed to recruit teachers themselves? Olivier Babeau, president of the Sapiens Institute and professor at the University of Bordeaux, guest of Europe 1 / CNews on Saturday morning, is one of those “who for a long time” say “that it is part of the solutions” to upgrade the French education system. Even if he concedes, “a school director is not always trained or competent to recruit”.

Good or bad idea ?

Traveling to Marseille on Thursday with the new Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, President Emmanuel Macron announced that he wanted to generalize his “school of the future” system in the fall throughout the territory. A project that could also allow school principals to recruit teachers themselves.

“It’s been a very long time since we should have decreed a state of emergency for National Education”, launched Olivier Babeau. “An organization in which all the lights are red in this way should be deeply refounded,” he continued, flourishing with the “school of the future” project.

“It’s not a panacea but it’s going in the right direction. Pay attention to the formatting of what is a good idea, that is to say more autonomous establishments which will be able to decide on their methods and to adapt them to the type of public they receive”, he specified.

“The idea that we can try to form ad hoc teams around a given project is to recognize that, contrary to the species of fiction, we cannot teach the same thing to all schools, to the same time, depending on the level, everywhere in France”, advanced the essayist. “Today, the levels are extremely heterogeneous, the needs are heterogeneous. Not to recognize this is to feed inequalities and make it impossible for people who are furthest from school to manage to cling to it” , he concluded.


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