Ermont. The parents of students and several teachers want to occupy the Saint-Exupéry college

Teachers and parents of students demonstrated before the inspection, in Osny, on March 17 and then again on March 28, and called on the National Education Department to revise the copy. (© The Val-d’Oise Gazette.)

“We’ve been trying to make ourselves heard for four years and we’re not succeeding. That’s why we decided to occupy the college, even though we know we’ll be fired in an hour because the principal has to call the police. But that doesn’t matter, we will start again on Wednesday, Thursday and as often as necessary.

Émilie Estragnat, member of the group of parents of students at the Saint-Exupéry college, in Ermont (Val-d’Oise).

calm but determined, Emilie Estragnat, mother of a boy in the third grade Saint-Exupery CollegeBee Ermont (Val d’Oise), who did all his education at this establishment is part of the group of parents of non-union students at the college who announced that he would occupy the establishment on Tuesday evening, May 7, after the class council meeting.

Three supervisors, 600 students

Several outbursts of anger have shattered the life of the establishment in the Chênes district in recent years.

Always for the same reasons: lack of supervisory staff, too few resources for teachers.

On this eve of the end of the school year, the students’ parents, accompanied by a dozen teachers, wanted to celebrate the occasion and make use of their presence on the class council to stay at the university.

“We only have three teaching assistants (supervisors, editor’s note) for 600 students. In the service room, in the corridors, the children are alone. We have a lot of violence.” The consequence of this climate is teacher absenteeism, pointed out by the same parent of the student, who puts forward the rather staggering figure of 4,400 hours lost since the beginning of the year “for 1,300 hours made up. That means that the students have lost two thirds of the hours, or a month of lessons, which is enormous”.

Emilie Estragnat.

A single Cpe: insufficient for parents of students

Another point of concern is the supervision with “one chief education advisor. The problem is that it changes every year. There is no regularity, it is a party in the village. We need someone to fix it.”

“The school level is not the same everywhere, they don’t want to recognize that”. They are “the town hall, the academic inspectorate with whom we have had numerous discussions and the department. †

The map and the area

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“We have been asking for a revision of the school map for years to bring more social diversity into the college. Mr. Haquin replies that there is nothing he can do. The problem is that 90% of the students are from Les Chênes. And from an early age they go to the same associations, the same primary school and then to the same university. It doesn’t change. There is no opening to the outside. †

And the mother decides:

“We’ve been trying to make ourselves heard for four years and we’re not succeeding. That’s why we decided to occupy the college, even though we know we’ll be fired in an hour because the principal has to call the police. But that doesn’t matter, we will start again on Wednesday, Thursday and as often as necessary.

Xavier Haquin: “The city springs into action”

The Mayor (Lr) of Ermont, Xavier Haquin, Departmental Councilor of Val-d’Oise, obviously knows the situation of this council well and admits that it is doing the maximum it can do within the limits of the municipal powers.

“I see students’ parents and the city working to provide things that are within its purview. We have set up parent cafes, we are taking action to improve safety by mobilizing supervisory staff around the college together with the municipal police. I have seized the academic inspection from which I await the return, but I am not the Minister of National Education ”.

The elected official also emphasizes that

“the necessary step back from what is happening in the city as a whole. We must act fairly. The school map was revised in 2017 to restore the balance. Jules-Ferry had too many pupils and Saint-Exupéry had room. I’ve asked the ministry to take stock to see how things have evolved. That may be annoying, but the problem is also instructive with children entering sixth grade who have not mastered reading.

“The school card was revised in 2017”

Precisely because they are aware of these school difficulties, parents are asking for more resources to have smaller classes and half-groups.

The teachers demonstrated for the inspection on March 28, noting that more hours were needed because the college is divided into two “difficult” primary schools (Delacroix and Victor-Hugo) with children who can’t always read when they enter sixth grade. .

“Ermont’s difficult districts are segmented on Saint-Ex,” she added. And for them, the total allocated hourly allocation would not solve the situation, characterized by absent teachers who were not replaced, or the abolition of practical work “for lack of personnel”.

Wednesday 1er June, Xavier Haquin took advantage of the visit to Ermont ofEdouard Philippethe former prime minister and Christophe Bechuminister in charge of local authorities, who came to support the candidate Naima Moutchou to the parliamentary elections, to give them the post of the parents of pupils.

“I came to greet them in a Republican manner, I did not attend the meeting. I am not supporting anyone in these elections,” says Xavier Haquin.

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