It’s a controversy most of which would have gone well. Friday, during a debate in the Finance Committee of the National Assembly on the subject of the pension reform, the Renaissance deputy for Hauts-de-Seine Claire Guichard, deputy to the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal, spoke about AESH (accompanying students with disabilities).
“I personally know a lot of AESH. These are mothers who stopped working at one time to take care of their children. They choose this status to have Wednesdays and school holidays, and they assume. They are happy with what they are doing, stop victimizing the professions”, launched the MP, hammering that “life is made of choices”.
Hustle in the room. And to the chairman of the Finance Committee Eric Coquerel (LFI) to respond: “I think we are going to see AESH together, dear colleague, because their big demand is that their profession be taken into consideration”. In the debates that we had previously, we all accepted this situation, ”underlined the elected representative of Seine-Saint-Denis.
When Attal contradicts his substitute
As noticed a journalist from BFMTV, Gabriel Attal evoked at the same time Friday evening the question of AESH in an interview with the readers of La Provence. Except that the minister rather, ironically, defended the profession, an “essential job” but “which remains precarious”. “We are increasing the salary, we are allowing AESH to be able to work more to compensate for this,” he said.
In any case, the left-wing opposition did not fail this Saturday to denounce Claire Guichard’s remarks. An “unbearable social contempt”, wrote rebellious MEP Manon Aubry on Twitter. “It’s shameful,” said MP LFI Clémentine Autain. The just re-elected first secretary of the PS Olivier Faure for his part preferred to be ironic: “there are people who choose to be paid a pittance by vocation, that’s for sure”.
Faced with the outcry, Claire Guichard apologized this Saturday evening. “A local elected official committed to early childhood for 20 years, I know that AESH devote their lives to society. My words yesterday may have led people to think that I am playing down the difficulties they are going through. This is not the case. Also, I apologize to those they hurt,” she wrote on Twitter.
In a report published in August 2022, the Defender of Rights was concerned about support for students with disabilities that does not meet the needs, highlighting in particular the difficulties of recruiting AESH due to their low status and remuneration. attractive. Often with an imposed part-time and fixed-term contract, they are paid minimum wage and receive an average of 821 euros net per month, according to the Snuipp-FSU union. AESH can expect 1,014 euros at the end of their career.
The Ministry of National Education has announced the recruitment of 4,000 additional AESH for the start of the 2022 school year.