Asked this Saturday morning by France Culture two days before the start of the school year, the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, returned to the government's choice to lower the age of compulsory education from 6 to 3 years. This new obligation, voted in the Assembly last February, must come into effect on Monday.
For him, this lowering is necessary in many ways. "There are more girls than boys who do not attend kindergarten for societal reasons," he said first, before supporting his remarks.
"And let's call a cat a cat, Islamist fundamentalism in some territories has made some girls go to school as late as possible," the minister said.
Later, Jean-Michel Blanquer also felt that from kindergarten, "we must create an ability to be together, to respect each other between boys and girls.This issue will be even more present in the training of teachers to finish with gender stereotypes. "
According to a ministry study, 98.9% of children aged 3 to 5 are already in school. At the beginning of the next school year, the measure will concern 26,000 children not currently attending school.