Who’s Pap Ndiaye, the Minister of Nationwide Training, who’s breaking the Jean-Michel Blanquer line?

“Mr Pap Ndiaye has been appointed Minister of National Education and Youth.” This is a great surprise to the government of Elisabeth Borne, who was revealed by Alexis Kohler, Secretary General of the Elysee Islands, on the steps of the Presidential Palace on Friday, May 20.

Born into a Senegalese father and a French mother, Pap Ndiaye was until then head of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, home to the National Museum of Immigration History in Paris. He held the position from spring 2021 after he was appointed by Emmanuel Macron. Professor at Sciences Po Paris, this 56-year-old researcher is an academic respected by his peers and is considered “shoe size” in France and abroad on minority issues.

For his first appearance as a minister, the newcomer defined himself as “The net product of republican meritocracy, of which the school is a pillar (…), may be a symbol of meritocracy, but perhaps also of diversity.” Then he claimed “Accept this task with humility, modesty, but also with all the energy and all the intelligent goodwill that [sienne]“. Consolidation of basic knowledge, equal opportunities, the necessary adaptation of schools to shocks in economies and societies are all “challenges” which it intends to increase.

In the portrait dedicated to him The world in 2021, the newspaper states that it was chosen by the head of state “calm the ghosts”in the face of the identity tensions that the government fears in the country, especially after the death of Georg Floyd in the United States, in May 2020. Pap Ndiaye saw his appointment as a symbol for young people “white”even if this appointment were “First, thanks to his long academic career (…). I guess I’m the way it is with my skin color. “added for AFP.

Pap Ndiaye, about whom he does not hesitate to talk “Structural racism in France, through which institutions such as the police can engage in racist practices “, not’he does not have the same vision at all as his predecessor, rue de Grenelle. Jean-Michel Blanquer did devote part of his five years to the ministry “awakened ideology”. “In everything that concerns minorities, it embodies orientations that are certainly not those established by Jean-Michel Blanquer.”confirms sociologist Michel Wieviorka, still in The world. “If, as an intellectual, he has the means to pursue a policy that I can embody, I think we’re going in a new direction.” he abounds.

on “Islamic Left” in a university setting, convicted by Jean-Michel Blanquer or even former Higher Education Minister Frédérique Vidal, Pap Ndiaye had hit France Inter: This term does not indicate any reality at the university. Above all, I am struck by the degree of ignorance of the political world of research that is carried out at the university in the field of social sciences and humanities.

On Friday, the arrival of Prix Goncourt’s brother 2019 Marie Ndiaye, who in 2012 signed a platform calling for a vote for François Hollande, into National Education provoked a reaction from the political class.

On the far right, this appointment is criticized. This is especially the case for National Assembly spokesman Julien Odoul, who condemns it on Twitter “Immigration activist to re-educate our children to” live together “with migrants and to deconstruct the history of France. This appointment goes beyond provocation. “

On the La France insoumise (LFI) side, we welcome this appointment, even though we see it as a political maneuver. “I am amazed by this report. Pap Ndiaye was not there for me at all. It is certain that it was necessary to ‘unblock’ national education.”, responded to AFP LFI representative Alexis Corbière. but “This media trick, the only one from this blunt government, will not alleviate the deep anger in national education“, Says the deputy.

For Snes-FSU, the main union of secondary school teachers, “the appointment of Papa Ndiaye is a break with Jean-Michel Blanquer in several ways. “. but “National education is not just about symbols”pointed out in a press release. “Emergencies are real, rapid responses are expected, especially with regard to wages.” He promises the new Minister of National Education that the task will be huge.

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