Perpignan Saint-Jacques: these students “disappeared from the radar”, “abandoned by the National Education”, alarmed the unions.

What is the future of a specific national education support system for the Roma community of Perpignan? Teachers’ unions have been worried about the hourly cuts announced last week for Jean-Moulin College in the arrondissement of Saint-Jacques. Does she have anything to do with these students who “disappeared from the radar” this year? Either never enrolled in 6th grade, or “cancelled” according to some teachers…

According to the unions, these will be 19 young children from the Saint-Jacques gypsy community attached to the Jean-Moulin college sector who never registered with their local institution at the end of CM2. These students, who were educated at the local La Miranda Primary School, located at the foot of the Saint-Jacques Church, were scheduled to return to the 6th grade at the nearby Arsenal College this year. The creation of this school in the municipality of Jean-Paul Adlouis was aimed, in particular, at trying to stop the general absenteeism in the Saint-Jacques area. With relative success. But never before have kids disappeared from college admissions lists like this. With a school dropout limit for a certain number of them before the pandemic, did the Covid factor cause an entire generation of children in the neighborhood to drop out of school cleanly around the age of 11?

True, the specific context emphasizes absenteeism, but we know that all students and unregistered are not so numerous, tempers Frederic Foulgens, director of the academy, and we are doing educational work to get them back to the institution.“However, some faculty at Jean-Moulin College are questioning the wisdom of Departmental Services for National Education (DSDEN) leadership to lower their institution’s donations in this worrying context. last week.We are decreasing from 1007 hours of training (in weekly accumulation), which corresponded to the continuity of previous years, to 927 hours.‘, alarmed a group of teachers on their way this Thursday, January 27, to an interprofessional demonstration in defense of purchasing power.

Worn absent until then, now they disappear from the lists

Last year we had just under 800 students, and this year we have 750.”, figure in the procession Sebastian Duran, professor of mathematics. A deadweight loss that teachers attribute in part to the non-enrollment of students from the sector expected in sixth grade, but also “other employees are registered but deregisteredfrom the administration.35 to 40 students“thus would have disappeared from the lists”not knowing why“, worries Antoine Meroc, professor of history and geography, for his part. The latter emphasizes that Jean-Moulin is not the only college in Perpignan that is suffering from a declining supply of these ghost students, often from the gypsy community.”They used to be registered and declared missing, teacher points out now they will no longer appear in the lists. If they are not registered somewhere else – and we do not really believe in this – there is every reason to believe that these children simply do not go to school.

Under the guise of egalitarianism, we are going to remove the device when we only ask for it to be improved.

Among the teachers on strike this Thursday, the consensus is that these young people “abandoned” administration. “We understand that the administration wants to evolve towards a more Republican school, trust the teacher We don’t like social activities either.”… But the reality on the ground is more pragmatic and, above all, nuanced. According to the teaching staff, the fight against absenteeism is practiced within the college in the form “do it yourself” empirical… based on “trusting relationships between teachers and parents of students“, all in the skillful proportioning of gypsy children between mixed and level classes. A crest line that will be difficult to move, between the republican ideal and the problems specific to Saint-Jacques, without the risk that the educational corps, weakened by the health crisis, is under the threat of collapse.

Meanwhile, the decline in approved donations is making teachers cringe. “Jean-Moulin will receive a special donation to make up for this cut.“, the academic director promises in response. But”once classes close, we will no longer see out-of-school students“predicts Sebastien Durand.”Under the guise of egalitarianism, we are going to remove the device when we only ask to improve it with additional means.“For he affirms this:”It works, no matter what, and above all, the diversity of Jean-Moulin College is now at risk. According to the teacher, other sections may also be affected: classes with a music schedule, rugby or basketball sports, the sector of pluralistic art. “We have already been offered to reduce the number of extra hours, working not in three trimesters, but in two, or even removing the section at the sixth level … “

Saint-Exupéry College will find itself in a similar situation, with unions promising to take action in the coming weeks.

Gypsy student’s parent: ‘Mixed classes cause anxiety for our children’

A member of the gypsy community of Saint-Jacques, Maxime (not his real name) is the father of a boy who graduated from high school in La Miranda last year. So his child, not without difficulty, returned to school last September at Jean-Moulin College. He explains what:This year we have faced a lot of challenges in transitioning our kids to college. My son did well in elementary school, the director asked to be integrated into a normal class. But the change of school was a real psychological shock for him.“A transition that could not be made like in previous years because within two years due to Covid, the half-day openings of the high school for CM2 students in the neighborhood were cancelled.

“I am leaving the area because I want my children to have a normal course”

But according to the father of the family, who speaks to himself “I’m very worried, because school is the future“The problem doesn’t end there. “There are also the annoyances of Saint-Jacques, a lifestyle that is not conducive to serene schooling, between noise, parents who don’t get up in the morning because they don’t work, rudeness … I I leave the area because I want my children to get a normal education“. However, he wants to continue to train his son with Jean-Moulin.

How he does not find energy and that he cannot start normally, we talked about this with the director, ” trust a parent, and a temporary mechanism based on distance learning was introduced to prevent him from dropping out. Participating in the life of his community, Maxim suggests that for “facilitate the transition of children to college and remove psychological barriers, in mixed classes there is the support of one or two neighbors.

After all, according to the father of the pupil, the fact of scattering children into mixed classes, no matter how commendable it may be from an ethical point of view, is the other side of the coin: “Scattered across classes, our children are losing friends, this destabilizes them and worries them a lot.

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