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” L“No wave” is still rife,” deplores Les Républicains senator François-Noël Buffet. Created after the assassination of Samuel Paty, in 2020, the commission of inquiry into “threats and attacks against teachers”, released this Wednesday, March 6, a report aimed at examining reports and treatment in this area and “avoid new dramas.”

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After a number of months of investigation and forty-five hearings, its co-rapporteurs, François-Noël Buffet and the senator, Centrist Union, Laurent Lafon, warn of the generalization of challenges to our values, at college, and advocate an strategy proactively to guard it. “We must be absolutely intransigent when we affirm our principles,” insists the primary to the Point.

Point : What conclusions do you draw from the hearings you performed as a part of this report?

François-Noël Buffet: We knew how troublesome their train had turn out to be, nevertheless, we have been notably marked by the local weather of mistrust by which academics and academic workers in our nation function: challenges to their authority and their information, tensions, threats, bodily violence and verbal, rumors… Consequences of identification and neighborhood calls for which take root, allow us to say it clearly, in radical Islam and push academics (of historical past, pure sciences and creative and cultural training, particularly) to self-censor, to the purpose of refusing to handle sure works and themes. An emblem, one in every of them confided to me that he generally, after a day of classes, was delighted to “not have suffered from “Paty””. We are there!

You underline, particularly, the persistent solitude of sure academics…

Yes, as a result of it’s notably hanging if you hearken to them! And on this level too, we should sign the top of recess and actually say “stop” to “no wave”. Teachers should not preserve quiet about what occurs to them, for worry of reprisals. Like the pinnacle academics who nonetheless do it in order to not tarnish the popularity of their institution. If we wish to overcome this drawback, we should begin by making an goal and actual remark of the state of affairs, and be clear. It is essential to boost consciousness among the many complete academic staff on this topic. Because it’s clear that the figures from the Ministry of Education don’t but mirror these on the bottom. Which, given as a share, usually are not very telling and have a tendency to reduce actuality. However, if we take a look at it for a second, 0.2% of academics attacked with a weapon is equal to 900 academics per 12 months, or 4 per day!

At the identical time, you level out that secularism isn’t but understood or utilized by everybody throughout the instructing occupation…

Yes, that is additionally a actuality. Beyond the scholars, some academics additionally query the precept of secularism. The “Values ​​of the Republic and secularism” coaching, which is meant for them, goes in the proper route [elle vise la formation de 100 % des professeurs à ces questions d’ici 2025, NDLR]. But we nonetheless see that lots of them don’t perceive the legislation of 1905 [relative à la séparation de l’Église et de l’État] in the proper means. Particularly the youngest academics, who make their very own and apply an Anglo-Saxon imaginative and prescient of secularism. Which pleads for absolute tolerance and doesn’t admire how a lot this will result in basic disputes. Also, it’s essential to make sure that we’re all dedicated to the identical strategy and satisfied of the identical precept: the Republic is secular, with French-style secularism. The rule is similar for everybody.

Parents additionally usually play their half in these assaults on secularism. What do you advocate?

The latter have, in actual fact, turn out to be notably intrusive. And they’re usually the harshest in direction of academics. They ask them to justify a given grade or the tutorial paperwork used, others query the disciplinary sanctions imposed, when they don’t threaten or insult them. Some academics and principals are even despatched letters signed by attorneys – as if the mother and father have been planning a court docket listening to – or confronted unexpectedly of their workplaces. Several of them additionally advised me that they obtained telephone calls earlier than college journeys (to the theater, the cinema, and so forth.) to seek out out the topic and to be sure that there can be no nude scene. Or after these to complain about them!

We are subsequently formulating a easy concept: the creation of a “parents’ charter”, by which it will be stipulated that instructing can’t be contested and that it doesn’t should be justified by the tutorial neighborhood both. . Failure to adjust to this constitution would result in felony prosecution. It must be signed by every dad or mum in the beginning of the college 12 months, for the image of dedication and consciousness – the authority of the college isn’t disputed – that this gesture represents. The goal, by means of our proposals, is to maneuver from a defensive place to a proactive strategy.

What different measures do you formulate?

In line with the 2005 legislation [relative au port de signes et tenues religieuses manifestant une appartenance religieuse dans les établissements scolaires], we wish to lengthen the ban on all spiritual ostentation to actions organized by colleges, schools and excessive colleges, together with exterior college hours. We should be completely uncompromising after we affirm these rules. As Gabriel Attal confirmed when he was Minister of Education, with the ban on the carrying of the abaya, readability and firmness are our greatest responses to assaults on secularism. After some turmoil, the heads of the institution themselves have been relieved that the query had been resolved!

We additionally make suggestions on the security of the tutorial neighborhood. Through the coaching of academics in conditions of pressure or battle, higher relations between National Education, police headquarters and intelligence companies and even – on the request of a number of principals and principals – video safety companies round institutions.