Who decides to open or close classes?

Who decides?

Public nursery and primary schools

The measures on the primary education map consist of opening or closing schools and classes, or even grouping schools together. This is a shared competence between the State and the municipalities..

The creation and establishment of a school (choice of location, construction, arrangement of premises), as well as the abolition of a school, is the decision of the municipal council. Furthermore, the assignment of the corresponding teaching position(s) is the responsibility of the academic director of the national education services.

The opening and closing of a class, as long as it does not lead to the creation or closure of a school, does not require a decision by the municipal council. The decision to open or close a promotion and, therefore, to add or eliminate a teaching position, rests with the academic director of the national educational services.

Public Middle and High Schools

High school map measures consist of opening or closing middle schools, high schools, or classes at middle and high schools. This is a shared competence between the State and the departments, for middle schools, and between the State and the regions, for secondary schools and special education establishments..

The creation and establishment of a college, or its abolition, is the responsibility of the department. In the case of a secondary school or special education facility, this is a regional responsibility.

The opening and closing of classes in middle and high schools, as long as they do not imply the creation or closure of an establishment, is the responsibility of the Rector of the academy.

How is the school map created?

The preparation of the school map takes approximately one year. It begins in October and ends ten months later in the days following the start of the school year.

First level (nursery and primary schools)

  • In October, the management of the departmental services of national education prepares forecasts for the number of students for the following year in each department. These forecasts are then validated by the rectorate and the ministry.
  • In December, the ministry notifies the academy of the number of teaching positions it will have available for the school year.
  • The rectorate distributes this number of positions among the departments, then the academic director of the national education services decides the location of the teaching positions, and therefore the number of classes, in the different establishments of the department. This distribution is presented to the academic joint technical committee (CTPA) and then to the departmental joint technical committee (CTPD). This body is called to issue an opinion on the measures proposed by the academic director of the national education services. The joint technical committees are made up of half by staff representatives and the other half by administration representatives.
  • Mayors are consulted about the measures planned for their municipality.
  • In February, a Departmental Council of National Education (CDEN) met. This body includes, in addition to ex officio members (the Prefect, the President of the general council), elected officials, staff representatives, users (parents of students and complementary public education associations). The CDEN pronounces on the proposed measures.
  • The final decision rests with the academic director of the national education service, who issues an order in February after the CDEN. Those interested receive a letter from the personnel division of the departmental directorate of the national education service informing them of the closure of the position they occupy. occupy and inviting them to participate in the movement.
  • In mid-May, school principals are asked to return the status of enrolled students to the departmental national education services directorate. At the beginning of June a TCDC will be convened again, after which certain reviewable withdrawal and allocation measures can be lifted. In September, final adjustments are made with respect to the figures observed on the day the school year began. A final TCPD and a CAPD are prepared for personnel assignment.

Second grade (middle and high schools)

  • Between October and November, preparation of student enrollment forecasts.
    • At the departmental level : the direction of the departmental services of national education makes global forecasts by level of secondary education. These staffing forecasts are then validated by the rectorate and the ministry.
    • At the middle and high school level : The academic director of the national education services requests each head of establishment to make enrollment forecasts for his establishment.
    • The provisions adopted by the establishments are then discussed and decided during a consultation meeting between the academic director of the national educational services and the directors of the establishments.
  • In December, the ministry assigns the academy the number of secondary teaching positions it will have for the school year.
  • The rectorate distributes this number of positions among the departments.
  • Consultation of the Departmental Joint Technical Committee.
  • School directors are informed of the amount of their allocation. This is a global time allocation (DGH), that is, not a number of teaching positions, but an allocation of teaching hours. The heads of establishments then distribute this allocation among the disciplines and present their proposals, previously examined by a standing committee, to their board of directors.
  • The proposals of the school directors are sent to the direction of the departmental services of national education for study. In February, the Departmental Council of National Education (CDEN) is consulted. The proposals for the creation, elimination and transformation of jobs on a definitive and provisional basis are presented to the Departmental Mixed Technical Commission at the end of March.
  • Adjustments occur between May and June 30.

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