From the academy of Créteil to that of Paris? The president of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, Stéphane Troussel (PS), proposed to the Minister of National Education to change his academy department to strengthen social diversity at school, an idea that is "not consensus" at "this stage", according to the ministry. Pap Ndiaye is expected to announce soon measures to strengthen social and academic diversity at school, a subject he said he wanted to make "a priority". Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in metropolitan France, is currently part of the Academy of Créteil, along with the departments of Seine-et-Marne and Val-de-Marne.

During a meeting on March 10 with Pap Ndiaye, as part of consultations led by the Minister of National Education on social and school diversity, Stéphane Troussel proposed the "integration of the decentralized services of the National Education of Seine-Saint-Denis in the academy of Paris," he said Tuesday at a press briefing.

Ongoing discussions, but no consensus

For Stéphane Troussel, his proposal is "realistic and corresponds to an issue". "Our subject is first of all to build an administrative organization that makes the establishments of Seine-Saint-Denis more attractive by teaching hours, the means of school life, the common map of training, sectors, preparatory classes, the career development of teachers ... ». "The current administrative organization is outdated and accompanies a deeply unequal situation," since Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis are facing "reversed demographic dynamics", with school enrolments declining for the first and rising sharply for the second, he said.

Questioned by AFP, the Ministry of National Education said that Pap Ndiaye had received Stéphane Troussel with the aim of "creating a momentum of attractiveness as well as a set of levers to quickly ensure more diversity in the establishments of Seine-Saint-Denis". "The minister (Pap Ndiaye) has put many proposals on the table," including the creation of an observatory of diversity or measures to strengthen the attractiveness of the colleges of Seine-Saint-Denis, it was continued. "But at this stage the conditions are not yet met for the signing of an agreement," the ministry was told. "The discussions will continue, because the objectives are the same."

On the other hand, the proposal to integrate the services of the National Education of Seine-Saint-Denis to the academy of Paris "is a cumbersome and slow administrative process, which requires a consensus that does not exist at this stage, and which can not be a prerequisite for consistent and operational measures quickly," the ministry added.

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