Montpellier: the Minister of National Education “proud” to inaugurate the Samuel Paty school

The tricolor ribbon cut, the school officially inaugurated. (©PG / Metropolitan)

Right in the middle of his busy schedule, the Minister of National EducationPap Ndiaye, came inaugurate the new Samuel Paty school in the heart of the Restanque district, this friday september 16.

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Samuel Paty, then professor of History-Geography at the College of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, was beheaded on October 16, 2020, by an Islamist terrorist for showing two caricatures of Muhammad. His memory must be forever preserved.

This is the first time that a Minister of National Education has inaugurated a school in Montpellier. This bears the name of Samuel Paty, but also that of Lucie Aubrac, a figure of the French resistance during the Second World War.

This new school, located in the Restanque district, has 15 classes, including five kindergartens and ten elementary. Photovoltaic panels have been installed on an area of ​​370 m2. A fiftieth-year-old fig tree was preserved during the works. 11.5 million € have been invested by the City.

After surrendering in Mauguio and Sète to visit two schools and a college there, the Minister Pap Ndiaye cut the tricolor inauguration ribbon of theSamuel Paty school – Lucie Aubrac next to Michael Delafossemayor of Montpellier; Sophie Bejeanrector of the Academy of Montpellier; Christophe Maunyacademy inspector and Academic Director of National Education Services (DASEN); Fanny Dombre Costefirst deputy mayor of Montpellier and delegate to the Educational City; Philippe Sorezdeputy (LREM) of the 1e constituency of Hérault; as well as Laurence ChristolMember of Parliament (LREM) for the 3ᵉ constituency of Hérault.

Tribute to Samuel Paty

After the speech of the school principal under the approving nods of Michaël Delafosse and Fanny Dombre-Coste, a man approached the desk and spoke. This man is Christopher Capuano, a friend of Samuel Paty. His trembling tone filled with emotion, he evokes their past moments, his fulfillment when he became a History-Geography teacher and his powerful open-mindedness that he taught to his students. “By massacring Samuel Paty, it is also the School of the Republic and its values that the terrorist wanted to assassinate. Our tribute and this inauguration today show us that he did not succeed. What pride! What pride to see your name, Samuel, inscribed on this school”, he addresses, his eyes moist, letting an inconsolable sadness reappear.

Michaël Delafosse, looking sad, welcoming Christophe Capuano's speech.
Michaël Delafosse, looking sad, welcoming Christophe Capuano’s speech. (©PG / Metropolitan)

“The name of this establishment symbolizes the courage to teach and I know that these children will be proud to have spent these crucial years here, in the Samuel Paty primary school”, emphasizes Pap Ndiaye, Minister of National Education and Youth, considering the assassination of the professor as “frozen”. As soon as he took office on May 20, rue du Grenelle, the normalien by training went three days later to the college of Conflans-Saint-Honorine. A more than symbolic visit.

“Samuel Paty had only done his job as a history teacher: expose the truth and assume the discussion that goes with it. History teachers, like writers (note: reference to Salman Rushdie), are those who say that lives are multiple, surprising too, that they are not limited to creeds, ideologies, “says Pap Ndiaye. ” I am proud to inaugurate today a school whose beautiful name means nour affirmation of the freedom and power to teach. »

Nationally, we are working hard to ensure teachers find the resources they need to teach Republic values. In the academy of Montpellier, the means are particularly rich so that no professor feels alone in the exercise of his profession.

Pap NdiayeMinister of National Education
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The City Council unanimously voted for this name in September 2021. (©PG / Metropolitan)

After these speeches recalling the macabre consequences of obscurantism and religious fanaticism, all the personalities present took part in a guided tour of the school by its architect. Insulation, vegetation, energy cost… Minister Pap Ndiaye wanted to know everything, stating that heat waves have become a concern. Namely that the school park consumes around 35% of the overall energy of the city of Montpellier. Thus, solar panels have been installed on the roof of the school to have a share of self-consumption.

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FSU 34: the report of this start of the 2022 school year

For Stéphane Audebeau, SES teacher in a high school in Sète and departmental co-secretary of the FSU 34 union, and his colleagues, this start of the school year gives “the feeling of experiencing a major downgrading of our profession which is no longer recognized by society and which results in a collapse of their purchasing power.” A historic collapse since it is “- 20% of purchasing power for twenty years. With galloping inflation, there is a big problem. We ask that there be more than 3.5 % that is taken into account at the level of the index point.”

There is also the feeling of a lack of personnel, “everywhere”. “Practicing staff are under enormous pressure and I am thinking, in particular, of the new trainees who are asked to work 18 hours, that is to say full-time under terrible conditions. Some have already resigned, we know very though that will continue.”

Rumors are circulating that high school classes house 38 students, which Stéphane Audebeau affirms: “It exists in a few high schools, especially in Montpellier. I am thinking of that of Jules Guesde or even that of Castelnau-le-Lez. Fortunately, this is not general, but these are unbearable working conditions and very difficult learning conditions for students.”

And to conclude: “In Terminale, the baccalaureate exams are in March. And, in March, most students will not be prepared.”

> Two interprofessional mobilizations will be held on September 29th. One will take place at 10 a.m. in Béziers, the other at 3 p.m. in Montpellier.

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Montpellier: the Minister of National Education “proud” to inaugurate the Samuel Paty school