Education. School coeducation, « clearly one of the priorities » of Minister Pap Ndiaye
Three days before the start of the school year, Pap Ndiaye is emphasizing the issue of school co-education, “very clearly one of his priorities”. “We can say a little brutally that the school is doing badly with the poor and that it is unfair with the poor”, declared the Minister of National Education on Monday to the online media Brut.
When asked how to remedy this, he replied: « We have to work, for example, on school coeducation, we have to work so that priority education – the areas known as REP, REP+, and there are other measures – is well calibrated,” he says. According to the Minister, “there is the question of the school map which is raised, there is the question of the valuation of establishments which are located in disadvantaged neighborhoods. There is a set of things on which we can act”. “It is very clearly one of the priorities of my department,” he concludes.
The social origin of a pupil weighs on his academic destiny
The school map is the device that assigns students to a particular establishment, according to several criteria, including in particular the child’s home address.
The international PISA studies (which study the education systems of OECD countries) show that France is one of the countries where a student’s social background has the most influence on their educational destiny, and has done so for several decades.