National Education, Pension Reform: Grilling McKinsey

Illustration Tuesday, January 18 during the hearing of Karim Tadjeddine, McKinsey’s associate director in the Paris office, where he is co-responsible for public sector activity, and Thomas London, also McKinsey’s associate director in the office of Paris, responsible for health and public sector activities in France.

The speaker of the commission of inquiry, Éliane Assassi, senator of the PCF of Seine-Saint-Denis, has effectively confronted the partners of the company with certain missions carried out and not yet made public – and of which the commission has had knowledge in this work thank you. to the Interministerial Delegate for Public Transformation (DITP), the main orchestrator of the ministerial appeal to consulting firms in the five-year term of Emmanuel Macron (read our article again).

As a mission to the Ministry of National Education: “You got a contract worth 498,600 euros to evaluate the changes in the teaching profession. Can you tell us what this mission led to? »the senator asked.

A mission of which the Minister of Transformation and Public Service, Amélie de Montchalin, heard by this same commission the next day, Wednesday 19 January, specified the perimeter. Initially, it was a request from the Ministry of National Education for a symposium on the future of the teaching profession, to be held in April 2020. The cabinet was to initially prepare the materials used during this symposium and also lead to an international comparison of the changes in the profession observed in other countries. Given the successive postponements of the conference, it finally took place remotely on December 1, 2020 as part of the Grenelle de l’éducation. The mission contributed to the publication of a summary report (which can be found here).

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“The Ministry of National Education contacted us as part of the DITP contract. Our role was to accompany the DITP and the ministry to organize a seminar in conjunction with a number of international organizations to reflect on what were the main development trends in the education sector, the developments expected in the teaching staff. We have been working on the evolution of education systems for about twenty years. ”Karim Tadjeddine replied.

Before being assumed by the senator, judge the partner’s response “inaccurate”. “The sum is the magnitude, what did it lead to?”he asked again.

Karim Tadjeddine clarifies that he did not pilot this particular mission: “This led to all the work that was done with the DITP and the Ministry of Education. Benchmarking of all European countries to anticipate changes in the teaching profession, the evolution of education systems, to reflect on a number of topics for reflection with a view to a seminar in February 2021.

Responses that have provoked strong criticism on social media especially.

An education topic that is nothing new to McKinsey, which has turned him into an easel. Like this work led (read our article again) by McKinsey for several years, from 2008 to around 2016, in Pakistan on the education system of Punjab province (100,000 schools, 5 million teachers).

The mission of the CNAV in question

Another question from the commission: the mission, billed at 920,000 euros, obtained by McKinsey in 2019 from the National Old Age Insurance Fund in preparation for a possible pension reform (then the government envisaged a universal system to replace the 42 existing regimes). , which had caused great strikes). “What was McKinsey’s role?”the senator asked on the subject.

“The prospect of pension reform was there. It was a matter of thinking about the CNAV’s axes of evolution in order to make sure that they take on their missions better, in the perspective of the possible reform and, in general, to improve their functioning “.explained Thomas London.

McKinsey’s role in the Cnav may have been of interest to the Senate inquiry committee for political interventionism in the cabinet, which he defends. Because McKinsey’s former presence with French public and private leaders has been criticized and seen as the cause of a number of very liberal-inspired reforms. The ceiling on compensation to prud’hommes? A 2012 publication by Eric Labaye (then managing director of McKinsey in France, now chairman of Polytechnique) on the labor market in France would have predicted this balance. The million jobs promised by Medef and its then president Pierre Gattaz, in exchange for the tax bonus for competitiveness and employment (CICE) granted to companies? An advertising trick backed by McKinsey (read our article again). The firm also participated in the drafting of the Macron 2 bill (read our article again).

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