Presidential 2022. Nathalie Arthaud: “We must dedicate money, time, teachers, to education”

As the presidential election approaches, the Student asked the candidates about their measures in favor of young people and in terms of education if they are elected on April 24, 2022. Orientation, precariousness, access to employment , equal opportunities … Nathalie Arthaud, candidate for Lutte Ouvrière, defends her youth program.

Candidate for the third consecutive time in the presidential election of Lutte Ouvrière, Nathalie Arthaud is credited, three weeks before the first round on April 10, with 0.5% to 1% in the polls. We asked him about the main issues affecting young people aged 18 to 25.

Candidate Nathalie Arthaud’s proposals for youth

The far-left candidate wants to stand up the impoverishment of some of the studentswhich she assimilates to “social segregation”. An associate professor of economics at an institute in Aubervilliers (93), Nathalie Arthaud would like to “dedicate money” to make up for the lack of teachers and educational assistants to limit crowded classes.

What measures do you plan to put in place to combat student insecurity?

The lives of poor students are deteriorating, the confinement deprived them of occasional jobs and sent them to food aid. College fees are too high. Scholarships are not numerous enough, they are paid with difficulty and delay, and the amounts, insufficient, force working class students to live on a few hundred euros or to work in addition to their studies.

For many families, those affected by unemployment and low wages and who can barely help their children financially, this system is a real social segregation.

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Between the reform of the baccalaureate, the Parcoursup, the health crisis … we observe students lost in their orientation. If elected president, what measures will be taken to help them become more effective?

In higher education, it is necessary challenge all budget cuts which take place under the pretext of autonomy, like all reforms that seek to put education at the service of companies. Education suffers drastically from the lack of teachers and professionals such as teaching assistants, which means that classes are overcrowded. An entire higher education sector is in the process of dying for these reforms, which are precisely what make companies the arbiter of higher education.

On the contrary, education must to allow as many people as possible to have access to the widest possible general culture in all areas. Higher education should not seek to put students on the path of what will benefit companies, nor provide companies with young workers who are already trained and ready to be exploited, thus saving them years of “internal” training. necessary.

Almost one in five young workers between the ages of 20 and 24 is unemployed. How do you want to fight youth unemployment?

Unemployment must be eliminated by dividing working time among all, without reducing wages. Those who work will collapse at a slow pace, because there is no substitute for retirements. The government wants the old to work more and more while the young are unemployed. It is an aberration.

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If elected, what will be the actions to promote social diversity in higher education and in particular in the most selective sectors?

In France, almost 40% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds are in difficulty. These students then follow a chaotic schooling, sometimes interspersed with repetition of the course, at least until the age of 16, which marks the end of compulsory schooling. For that to change, we need to spend money, time and teachers, instead of reducing resources.

Access to higher education is theoretically open to a large number of people. But at the same time, selection mechanisms have been implemented and the number of courses has been multiplied to guide the majority of young people in the working class towards technological or professional itineraries.. Next to it, the royal roads remain: preparatory classes and large schools. Does everyone have a chance? In fact, the “social elevator” is not broken, it has never worked.

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