After the announcement of SNU on school time and her share of critics last week, Elisabeth Borne must make public a series of measures supposed to “trigger the good news machine”, this Wednesday, during a National Council for Refoundation (CNR) devoted to youth.
In any case, this is the expression used in the ranks of the executive since February. As part of the “hundred days” set by Emmanuel Macron, Elisabeth Borne must unveil a first part of a few dozen measures – “45 to 60 out of the 80 which are under consideration”, slip some. As if to project beyond the hundred days, with a second part of announcements, despite the rumors of departure and reshuffle …
Since February, the Prime Minister has spoken, at regular intervals, in front of audiences of young guests at Matignon on subjects that concern them on a daily basis.
Put an end to unsanitary CROUS housing
On Elisabeth Borne’s desk, the question of unsanitary university accommodation figures prominently. “There is a 95% chance that this measure will be part of the announcements,” says someone close to the case.
“We have a big project on the rehabilitation of CROUS housing,” said Elisabeth Borne, in February, during a youth CNR. The subject “has been left aside for too long, we have to speed up, in connection with the ecological transition”, she added.
According to concordant sources, the government would be ready to put 200 million euros on the table to “put an end to situations of total indignity by the end of the five-year term”. Of the 176,000 CROUS homes, there are still 8,800 to rehabilitate today, or “less than 5% of the stock”, according to Dominique Marchand, the president of the National Center for University and School Works (CNOUS).
Another topic concerns scholarship students : that of the territorialisation of scholarships according to the cost of living – which is not the same in Paris, Mulhouse or overseas. The executive is working on a distinction between overseas students and those from mainland France. The former could receive a scholarship of an amount greater than that of students from mainland France.
It remains to be seen whether this point will be part of the CNR youth announcements or whether it will be announced as part of the second part of measures expected on student grants. “Territorialization will be studied in the second phase of consultation”, indicated the Minister of Higher Education, last March. As for the overseas territories, Sylvie Retailleau explained that her students already benefited from a special contribution through the “charge points”.
Lower the driving license age
Another flagship measure by Elisabeth Borne should affect young people beyond just students, with the announcement of the lowering of the driving license age to 17 years old. “The permit, today, is on average 30 hours of lessons for a cost of 1,600 euros and up to six months of delays in certain departments”, we lamented at Matignon a few weeks ago, at a time where the idea of lowering the age to 16 – not 17 – was on the table.
Some also mention the possibility of financial aid of up to 500 euros for support vocational high school students in their internships .
On the issues of education, other measures have been under consideration for several months, such as that of a “TOEFL of ecology”, which Elisabeth Borne had mentioned at the end of January. It would consist of enhancing the skills acquired in college and high school so that all students have a common base of knowledge on the subject.
The question of the P’Sport was also raised in the youth CNRs. “The current aid of 50 euros for [financer tout ou partie de son inscription dans une structure sportive pour les jeunes de 6 à 30 ans] does not work at all, it should be reviewed to reach more people, ”said someone close to the file recently.