This is an alarming observation drawn by Georges Fotinos, former Inspector General of National Education. His study, conducted among 2,953 school directors for the Federation of Departmental Delegates for National Education, affirms that 44% of them were insulted and that 5% of them were hit during of the year 2020-2021.
Nothing very new according to him. The study he did in 2018 already revealed that 40% of managers were victims of insults. “We don’t often talk about violence in primary school and the ministry has recently taken an interest in it. Yet it has been around for years. » Laurent Hoefman, president of the National Schools Union (SNE), shares this observation: “Being a director myself, I know how it goes and feedback from the field confirms it: verbal attacks are frequent. » Georges Fotinos notes, however, some recent developments, such as the explosion of conflicts between directors and parents with the health crisis. Thus 47% of the civil servants questioned note an increase in disputes over the year 2020-2021. “The closure of schools and the vague health protocol accentuate tense relations. The scapegoat is the director,” abounds Laurent Hoefman.
Other novelties pointed out by the study: acts of cyber-violence against school directors, also very sharply increasing since the health crisis. And attacks on secularism, especially in kindergarten says Georges Fotinos. According to the survey, the presentation and explanation of the Charter of secularism to parents are absent in four out of ten schools.