For Rouen, the closure of classes at the beginning of the school year is already worrying

In kindergarten and elementary, Seine-Maritime plans to open 87 classes and close 82 for the start of the school year in September 2022. (AdobeStock / Illustration)

Fight against a group of parents of students and the municipality Class closed Or a school. It is a struggle that moves many communes, often rural communities, every year.

Inside Seine MaritimeOccupied by relativesGreen Meadows Elementary SchoolPer Authieux-sur-le-port-Saint-OuenMonday 4 and Tuesday 5 July 2022. About 1,200 residents are supported by the mayor of the area, in the south RouenThey refused to withdraw a class at the institution that would have welcomed 54 schoolchildren at the start of the school year in September.

Letter to the National Minister of Education

“The removal of the class will reduce the ratio of staff to two classes [restantes] There will be 27 students at the beginning of the next school year, spread over three levels, ”the angry parents wrote in an open letter to the National Education Minister on July 7 (see end of article). And the authors point to a conclusion that “this is unique in the category with national numbers”.

During a press conference on April 25, 2018, “their understanding is much higher since then. [2019, en réalité]The President of the Republic, Mr. Emanuel Macron, announced that he would like to limit the number of children in each class to 24 in the large sections of Kindergarten, CP and CE1.

We will have extra stuff. 12 students have a speech therapist follow-up and the academy tells us ‘go ahead, nothing to see’.

Arnaud DylanGuardian of a student at Pres Verts School

For Regin Reimberg, The second deputy mayor, “It’s not just the numbers, it’s the quality of education and we don’t take it into account.” Local elected officials see this as an injustice:

Being in rural areas, our education should not be inferior to urban areas!

Regin ReimbergAuthieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen’s second deputy mayor

This feeling of “dual value” annoys the parents of Les Press Warts students. “The ministry can no longer recruit so it takes positions in rural municipalities to keep them in REP and REP + [réseau d’éducation prioritaire, NDLR] That, condemns Arnaud Delaney, The parents’ spokesman has gathered at Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen.

There are plans to close 82 classes at Seine-Maritime

This situation is not an isolated incident in the department. Contact by 76 News, Olivia WambekeThe Academic Director of the National Education Services (Dasen) noted that the closure of classes at Prés Verts School was part of the “adjustment” to the school map announced last February.

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On July 5, the Departmental Council for National Education (CDEN) closed 28 classes and recorded 27 openings. Details of the schools concerned can be found on page 19 of the Administrative Law Collection dated July 8, 2022. A total of 87 are open and 82 are closed with the Sen-Maritime February announcement, according to data sent by the service department. Department of National Education

“It has nothing to do with recruitment deficit”

“The main problem surrounding these operations is that Olivia Wambe maintains the best distribution of teachers across the department. There is a core policy of limiting 24 students per class except for priority education, but each situation is observed in its uniqueness.”

Regarding Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen, Dasen believes that “it didn’t make sense to leave an elementary school with less than 18 students per class”. “Deleting a post there will allow you to open somewhere else and avoid classes for up to 29 students at another school,” he explains. For him, “it has nothing to do with recruitment shortages.”

Merge rejection

“In order to better distribute the numbers in the classroom,” Olivier Wambeck indicated, suggesting that the municipality merge its primary school with kindergarten, followed by “less than 20 students per class.” Rejection from town hall. “You can’t mix kindergartener and CP!” Replied Regin Reimberg.

Confirming that “there are no casualties in a class closure”, Dasen suggested “reviewing the point at the end of August”. “If there are students, we will resume this class,” he assured.

Next to the town hall, “We go door-to-door with the family, so that the children in the school stay there, and those who have left can go back,” explains Regin Reimberg. The municipality is also counting on building a housing estate to “fill” its schools at the start of the 2023 school year. And to re-introduce a class that does not want to lose.

Letter from the group of parents of students from Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen to the Minister of National Education (page 1/2).
Letter from the group of parents of students from Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen to the Minister of National Education (page 1/2). (© Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen parent group)
Letter from the group of parents of students from Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen to the Minister of National Education (page 2/2).
Letter from the group of parents of students from Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen to the Minister of National Education (page 2/2). (© Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen parent group)

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