Catholic education cries out for discrimination

In these schools under contract – which educate 17% of French students – the start of the 2022 school year is marked by an expected drop in enrollment. Jose/pelenguino – stock.adobe.com

DECRYPTION – Transport, canteen… Less subsidized, the private sector loses pupils and feels disadvantaged compared to the public.

“Yes, students educated in private schools and their families are, I dare say, discriminated against.” This is the message conveyed Thursday by the Secretary General of Catholic Education, Philippe Delorme, during his back-to-school conference.

In these establishments under contract – which enroll 17% of French pupils -, the start of the 2022 school year is marked by an expected drop in enrollment, given demographic changes, in primary schools (- 1.1%). But it is more surprising in the second degree (-0.7%). If the numbers remain stable in college, the high school suffers significant losses in second class. A situation directly linked, for Philippe Delorme, to the financial crisis which affects families already weakened by the Covid. “A large number of them have given up enrolling children in our establishments – when they do not unenroll them -, unable today to meet the costs of catering and school transport”

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