Toulouse: the last cheaters on the school map
All the subterfuges are good to lower the school card. In Toulouse, some parents indicate a false address to target the best colleges and high schools sometimes.
“I noticed this year that parents had not indicated the same address as last year on their child’s registration sheet, that put a flea in my ear”, confides this director of a school in downtown Toulouse who wishes to remain anonymous. She discreetly remonstrated with the family, specifying however that “it is not legal”, that “it is even unfair for the children of the neighborhood who may have been refused registration”.
A marginal phenomenon
Every year in France, according to figures from the general direction of school education (DGESCO), “10% of entrants to 6th and 2nd year ask to benefit from a derogation from the school card”, the most commonly used method. by families to circumvent the regulations and target the best establishments for their offspring. In the academy of Toulouse, no reliable statistics on this phenomenon which is not new, remains marginal, but which persists mainly “among well-to-do families”, notes the Snes-FSU, majority union of the secondary which watches over the grain. “We know that it exists, confides the departmental secretary of the Snes-FSU Pierre Montels. Politically speaking, families are in agreement with social mixing in schools, but in practice we see that they are affected differently. That said, with the academic services on is on the same wavelength, namely that we pay attention to the exemptions which are granted, but we cannot check everything ”.
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Sometimes, certain signs do not mislead the vigilance of national education inspectors. “I remember the example of a family who lived in a large house with a swimming pool near Toulouse and who had given the address of a two-bedroom apartment in the city center,” adds Pierre Montels. It is not systematic, because it lacks the means to control, but the academic inspection sometimes takes the time to check when a doubt arises. People can also easily tamper with a tax receipt, a knock from Blanco on the old address and voila…”
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The game of options is also a way of targeting the establishment that has the rating, a satisfactory baccalaureate success rate. “We are against these forms of circumvention of the school map and we fight daily for schools to experience the same quality everywhere, recognizes the president of FCPE 31 Eric Pinot. This is not a mass phenomenon, but we see that it mainly affects families with a high social position index (IPS). Generally, requests for derogation are linked to choices of options, reunification of spouse, blended family, there is no favouritism. We are careful with the departmental council, in particular concerning certain colleges which practice social diversity ”. Despite this, some strategies are built very early, from primary school in Toulouse.
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