Teachers “in the dark” of the presidential campaign

A demonstration as part of a day of strike in national education, in Strasbourg, on January 13, 2022.

The “confidence” is shared in the circles of teachers – including in the trade union ranks, in other words, among militants. Less than three weeks before the first round of the presidential election on April 10, a fringe “not insignificant” of professors always hesitates on the bulletin to slip into the urn.

No doubt this applies to other categories of the population, at the end of a campaign “unparalleled”, say observers of the political scene, which has seen the war in Ukraine superimposed on the crisis linked to Covid-19, and the substantive debates, on school as on other subjects, find a relative echo.

One “late echo”, do we temper on the side of the FSU as of the CFDT or the UNSA: since March 17 and the declination by Emmanuel Macron, in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis), of his “new pact with teachers”the tone went up a notch. “You have teachers who, during the Covid, were there, took care of your children, and then there are teachers, that also existed, who disappeared”affirmed the candidate for his re-election in front of an audience of journalists, to explain the new remuneration system (“on merit”say his supporters, “to the counterparty”blow his detractors) that he would like to be able to establish during a second five-year term.

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“There is a break in political discourse, analyzes sociologist Françoise Lantheaume. Since the beginning of the epidemic, teachers have been spoken of as professionals on the front line, grappling with difficulties due above all to the disorganization of national education, but who have ensured the continuity of public service, and there, to favor of the campaign, the Head of State conveys the message that they would not be up to it and that this can be remedied by liberal shock therapy. It’s rough! »

“Emmanuel Macron took us back ten years, to the time when another candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy, defended “work more to earn more”, reacts Sophie Venetitay, from the SNES-FSU union. But by choosing to speak to public opinion, to parents more than to teachers, and by seeking votes on the right [sur les terres de la candidate LR, Valérie Pécresse, notamment], he takes the risk of cutting himself off from the teachers. »

In fact, in the field, it is the teachers “disappointed”, “hit”which give voice. “The first round is approaching, and I have fallen into doubt”, testifies Anne, 56 years old – including nearly thirty to teach in high school in the academies of Créteil and Paris. Like all the staff who agreed to speak about the ballot, she requested anonymity. “We are coming out of three years of turmoil and forced reforms, she says, and Macron, like all the candidates for the Elysée, announces that he still wants to start building the school, without even taking the time to take stock… It’s exhausting. »

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