Posted on Jan 6, 2022 at 6:31 am
It is in a way the first campaign proposal for the school of the quasi-presidential candidate. And she will be debating. In his interview with “Parisien”, Emmanuel Macron links the increase in teachers’ salaries – which must be “improved” – to “teaching time” which “is not satisfactory in relation to the number of teachers hired “.
The Head of State explicitly refers to a note from the Court of Auditors published in mid-December. The financial magistrates recommend there to reorganize the school system around the heads of establishment and to integrate a form of remuneration according to the merit of the teachers whose working time would be annualized.
“Rethinking the function”
The current system is “too rigid”, believes Emmanuel Macron who wants, “as for caregivers, […] give back meaning in the field ”. “We must revalue salaries, of course, but above all rethink the function,” he continues. The subject is school time and the freedom that can be given to certain schools to build their own educational project according to their territory. “
It is the “school of the future” project, with a certain autonomy in recruiting the head of the establishment, that Emmanuel Macron began to design in Marseille last September. The Head of State had also indicated that the Marseille experiment could be “generalized” if the results were “conclusive”.
“The idea, which could be a great reconciliation with the teachers, would be to better value the extra-curricular time which could be both training and meetings between teachers, even extracurricular”, decrypts the deputy LREM Sacha Houlié, involved in education issues in preparation for the campaign.
This implies modifying the service obligations of teachers, a highly sensitive subject for the unions. Sacha Houlié breaks down this announced revaluation into “three levers”: first, “take into account what has already been done and enhance it to increase the salary” – it is the basic increase, in a way; then, “to diversify the complementary tasks which can relate to the extracurricular or the training during the school holidays”; finally, the remuneration could be further “improved” for those who would take charge of certain missions “such as replacement”. This would be done “first through experimentation on a voluntary basis”.
Reward “lovers of the profession”
There would therefore be “an enhancement of the existing to better remunerate what teachers are already doing, reward good work, and distinguish those who do a good job from those who do an even better job”, continues the deputy. Priority education network commitments and the number of parent-teacher meetings held could give rise to additional remuneration. Service obligations would thus be “diversified” and reward teachers who get involved in school trips or extracurricular activities.
The deputy also cites the case of nursery schools in his constituency where some teachers “deploy a wealth of inventiveness to help students make up for language or vocabulary difficulties”. “It is this type of approach that deserves to be valued,” he continues. In National Education, we know very well that there are teachers who have 1,000 projects and these are the ones we want to reward ”, they are“ lovers of the profession ”.
The revaluation would, in fact, be linked to an annualization of working time, instead of the weekly durations which currently govern the status of teachers. The differentiation of working time could even be not annual but “on the career”, with working hours “more important for certain age categories and less for others”, slips Sacha Houlié.