Accustomed to playing government firefighters, putting out the fire starting with Reims, the former Minister of Justice did it again this Monday. As in July 2017, where she succeeded François Bayrou, who was defeated after 35 days of service, and where she made her first announcements to the Reims court, Nicole Belloubet did the same six years later. This time replacing Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, carried away by cascading controversies after 29 days in office, Nicole Belloubet once again dedicated her first visit to the city of coronations.
Attracting all the national media to the popular Europe district, the former rector spent three hours at Robert-Schuman college. Taking the time to renew dialogue with teachers confused by her predecessor, she focused her trip around school bullying, a subject dear to her other predecessor, who has since become Prime Minister.
More than one student per class harassed in France
Presenting the results of the national survey launched this fall on the subject, she revealed that “more than one student per class on average” suffered harassment in France. This represents 5% of elementary school students, 6% of middle school students and 4% of high school students. At Robert-Schuman college, this figure even reaches 10% (read elsewhere).
Judging that“a student must not come to his school with fear in his stomach, but on the contrary with a smile on his lips”, Nicole Belloubet is part of the continuity of the Borne government. In September, he called for “general mobilization” against a “massive phenomenon”. However, it supplemented the control plan put in place with a few measures.
An “annual barometer of harassment in schools”
On the one hand, an “annual barometer on harassment” will be created to “know better and fight better” This “real scourge”. This survey will be conducted every year in November. On the other hand, “150 full-time jobs: 30 in the academies and 120 in the Departments” will be created to prevent and combat harassment.
Finally, the minister promised a helping hand “€1250 additional compensation”for school nurses and social workers who coordinate the fight against bullying.
The minister, however, said little on two questions linked to harassment. Concerning the lack of involvement of parents, Nicole Belloubet recognized “a major difficulty”, the planned parent awareness workshops being hardly implemented. As for restricting students’ Internet access “cyberstalkers”the minister referred to “a next project” on “access to networks”.