Bernard Beignier on the head of the Paris rectorate after experimenting with “schools of the future” in Marseille | EUROtoday

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Bernard Beignier, former rector of the Aix-Marseille academy, in Marseille, on April 8, 2022. He was appointed rector of Paris on April 3, 2024.

It took two months to finish the emptiness. Bernard Beignier, till then rector of Aix-Marseille, was appointed rector of the Paris academy and chancellor of universities by the council of ministers, Wednesday April 3. He additionally turned rector of the Ile-de-France educational area. His predecessor, Christophe Kerrero, resigned on February 2 amid disagreements with Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, then minister of nationwide schooling. A uncommon prevalence within the often cozy surroundings of rectorates.

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Every week since then, the small world of schooling has scrutinized the minutes of the council of ministers to search out out the title of the brand new rector. This latency interval fueled rumors of disagreements throughout the authorities so as to discover the perfect profile. “Why did it take so long?” What consideration for academy workers? »asks Nicolas Bray, principal and head of the Paris part of SNPDEN-UNSA.

With Bernard Beignier, the chief chooses a profile “completely classic”, within the opinion of a former senior schooling official. Doctor of legislation and dean of the legislation college of Toulouse-1-Capitole University, from 2003 to 2012, Bernard Beignier, 66 years outdated, has stable expertise: he has been rector for twelve years, first in Amiens, between 2012 and 2014, then in Aix-Marseille, from 2014.

“Rather appreciated” in Marseille

If the letter he despatched in January 2020 to remind principals of the dangers of sanction incurred by lecturers who refused to take part within the new baccalaureate exams had sparked an issue that continues to be within the recollections, Bernard Beignier was “rather appreciated” in Marseille, in keeping with a neighborhood unionist.

Some observers see on this appointment the affect of Emmanuel Macron. Did Bernard Beignier not arrange in Marseille the “schools of the future” experiment desired by the Head of State, who made it a mannequin to be generalized in the course of the 2022 presidential election?

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The new rector of Paris can have loads to do in a really political academy. The important demographic decline that the capital is experiencing has all of the makings of an explosive problem. Parisian public faculties have seen a drop of virtually 1 / 4 of their CP numbers in eight years and sophistication closures proceed. This discount within the variety of college students additionally undermines the stability between private and non-private schooling. Researcher Julien Grenet insists: if nothing is completed, there shall be extra center college college students within the personal sector than within the public sector inside ten years.

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