The Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, reacting to concerns about a drop in candidates eligible for teacher competitions, assured that there would be “the necessary pool” of mathematics teachers at the start of the next school year in high schools.
According to the first results of the External Capes in Mathematics, published this week, only 816 candidates are eligible, for 1,035 positions. The situation is all the more worrying as the reinforcement of mathematics in the common core from the First class must be done from September, which will therefore require more teachers.
Since the high school reform, which put an end, in 2019, to the traditional series (L, ES and S), “pure” mathematics is taught in the form of a specialty, outside of the common core. Mathematics is present in the common core, but integrated into a set called “scientific education”, in which we also find SVT and physics-chemistry. 1h30 of weekly science and maths lessons will thus be added to the common core for all first and final year students. This will almost double the number of hours devoted to these subjects, increasing it from 2 to 3.5 hours per week.
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