The Head of State gave an interview to YouTuber HugoDécrypte on Monday, during which he unveiled a series of measures concerning education. La Dépêche takes stock.
A “unique outfit” at school, a “tree” for each middle school student, a “test” of sports evaluation in sixth grade: Emmanuel Macron sketched out a series of new measures in primary and middle school on Monday, during an interview for young people on Youtube.
The Head of State, who had chosen to make the start of the school year on the channel of youtubeur HugoDécrypte, answered for an hour and forty to all the subjects which appeal to those under and over 18 years old. Here’s what to remember.
Towards a “unique outfit” at school?
On the wearing of a school uniform, which is inflaming debates from one end of the political spectrum to the other, he said he was in favor of “experiments” and an “evaluation”, rather pronouncing for a “unique outfit”. “much more acceptable to teenagers”.
“Without having a uniform, we can say ‘you put on jeans, a T-shirt and a jacket’”, argued the president, always very present and offensive on educational subjects. This unique outfit “may seem a little less strict from a disciplinary point of view” while solving the problem of “secularism” and “the idea that we have of decency”, he said. underlines.
The Minister of National Education, Gabriel Attal, announced that he would specify “in the fall” the modalities of an “experiment” in “voluntary” establishments.
Better to “explain” the ban on the abaya
Returning to the other controversial subject of the day, the ban on the abaya in schools, the president indirectly made the link with the assassination of Samuel Paty. “We also live in our society with a minority, people who, hijacking a religion, come to challenge the Republic and secularism”, he hammered. “It sometimes gave the worst. We cannot pretend that there was not the terrorist attack and the assassination of Samuel Paty in our country,” he said, referring to the teacher killed in 2020 after showing his students caricatures of Muhammad.
The Head of State also welcomed the fact that Gabriel Attal was “clear” on this issue: “We must explain, consult but not hide the dust under the carpet”, continued the president.
Sixth Grade Athletic Assessment Tests
The Head of State, who will visit a college in Orthez (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) on Tuesday to take an interest in strengthening the place of sport in school, underlined the extent to which “when you play sport you going well”. The executive wants to generalize the practice of 30 minutes of physical activity per day in primary schools and two additional hours in college. “It’s a great tool for learning better”, “it’s a health tool, it prevents obesity”, “it gives a framework”, he says.
Emmanuel Macron even wants to bring sport to school for an hour a day, and “at least as much in college”. He announced that he had passed a “sports evaluation test” in sixth grade.
Trees planted by each sixth grade student
Asked about ecology, another central subject of concern for young people on which he has often been deemed insufficiently active, Emmanuel Macron has set himself a very symbolic objective, to see all middle school students in France plant a tree, starting this year in sixth grade. . He certainly felt that this would not be possible “for all sixth-grade students” this year, but hoped that we would eventually have “this generation where each student will have planted his tree”, to “help” to keep the objective of one billion trees planted in ten years.
A “more flexible school time”
Returning to another fetish subject, the duration of the summer holidays and school time, he again said he was open to a debate, in consultation. We must “have a more flexible school time and which, because we have more weeks of school, middle school and high school in the year, can integrate sports, artistic and cultural education and time for homework and support,” he said.
Towards an unlimited train subscription?
In the field of leisure, Emmanuel Macron also said he was in favor of setting up a train package like the one set up in Germany which allows, for 49 euros per month, unlimited travel on the whole network. cursed. “I asked the Minister of Transport (Clément Beaune) to launch with all the regions which are ready to do so the same device”, he confirmed.