French claim jobs promises broken

July 21, 2006

France's academics have accused the Government of breaking its promises to higher education.

Education Minister Gilles de Robien and his deputy Francois Goulard, who has responsibility for higher education and research, announced 22 initiatives and reforms planned or under way throughout the education system. These include measures aimed at cutting student dropout rates, improving university-employment links and a "Pact for Research" that should establish a High Council of Science and Technology and agencies to commission and evaluate research.

But university presidents and public sector unions are concerned about the Government's failure to honour its promises over new posts, and claim that the number created next year will be only half that pledged by President Jacques Chirac.

In August 2005, after 18 months of protest over cuts in funding and posts, President Chirac made a commitment to "release substantial financial resources on a level with our ambitions: E6 billion (£4 billion) over three years, 3,000 additional posts in 2006 and the same number in 2007".

But the 2007 budget announced by the ministers late last month will axe 15,000 public service jobs, nearly half of them in education, although 1,500 new posts for researchers, university teachers and technical staff will be created.

The Conference of University Professors said the Government was "breaking its commitments, a decision that will only reinforce a climate of distrust".

SNTRS-CGT, which represents researchers, said the decision was "unacceptable" and claimed the Government was counting on privatisations to finance its new national research agency.

登录 或者 注册 以便阅读全文。

请先注册再进行下一步

获得一个月的无限制地在线阅读网站内容。只需注册并完成您的职业简介.

注册是免费的,而且非常简单。一旦成功注册,您可以每个月免费阅读3篇文章。:

  • 获得编辑推荐文章
  • 率先获得泰晤士高等教育世界大学排名相关的新闻
  • 获得职位推荐、筛选工作和保存工作搜索结果
  • 参与读者讨论和公布评论
注册

欢迎反馈

Log in or register to post comments

评论最多

Recent controversy over the future directions of both Stanford and Melbourne university presses have raised questions about the role of in-house publishing arms in a world of commercialisation, impact agendas, alternative facts – and ever-diminishing monograph sales. Anna McKie reports

3 October