“Minister of National Education Expands Scope of Action for Council of Elders on Secularism”

2023-04-18 18:23:41

The Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, wants to expand the scope of action of the Council of Elders of Secularism. Sébastien SORIANO/Le Figaro

DECRYPTION – By redefining the perimeters of the Council of Elders of Secularism, the Minister of Education is suspected of wanting to dilute his action. While violations of the 2004 law are increasing.

Secularism with Pap Ndiaye sauce officially has its contours. And marks a major political turning point. The Minister of National Education has just expanded the composition and scope of action of the Council of Elders of Secularism, a body set up in 2018 by Jean-Michel Blanquer to produce resources on the subject and participate in the training of teachers.

From now on, secularism will be resolutely open, extended to “everything that strengthens the adherence of students to the values ​​of the Republic”, from the fight against racism and anti-Semitism to gender equality, through the promotion of fraternity at school.

“A Bad Signal”

At the risk of getting lost? In a column published on April 15 in Point , Mickaëlle Paty, the sister of the murdered professor, is alarmed, alongside Jean-Pierre Sakoun, the president of Secular Unit, of the dilution of the Council of Elders by the Minister of Education. They denounce a “assumed ideological choice to assassinate secularism”.

The former Secretary General…

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