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France in need of math teachers


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France in need of math teachers

As Le Canard Enchainé says “there is fire in the lake”. Between 2010 and 2020 the number of candidates present for the tests dropped by 30%. Four years after his arrival in rue Grenelle, the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer is unable to resolve this problem.

In a tasty article to be published tomorrow, the Chained Duck recounts the difficulties that Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of Education, has had to face in recruiting mathematics teachers since his arrival at rue de Grenelle, four years ago now. Thus underlines the palmipede, the number of candidates present for the written tests of the Capes (external) of mathematics fell by nearly 30% between 2010 and 2020, from 2771 to 1946.

“More and more positions remain unfilled at the end of the competitions, for lack of a sufficient number of candidates”, deplores Senator Gérard Longuet in a report devoted to the attractiveness of the profession. According to this report, the “selectivity of competitions” is tiresome. Last year, more than half of the candidates (54%) present for the exams obtained the certificate allowing them to practice in secondary school. While “many copies contained gross logic errors” lamented the jury!

The situation is becoming critical. According to the latest international Timss survey (2019), evaluating the math performance of primary and secondary school students, France ranks last in the European Union and penultimate in the OECD, does not fail to highlight the Duck.

Admittedly, Jean-Michel Blanquer announced a salary increase of 1.1 billion euros for the years 2021 and 2022 for young teachers. But this figure remains too low by the admission of the President of the Republic. “If I wanted to revalue the salaries of teachers, it would take 10 billion,” he admitted during a citizen debate in Rodez on October 3, 2019, had to reject the idea.

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