While the National Assembly's Finance Committee was in the midst of a debate on pension reform, Claire Guichard's remarks sparked an outcry.
Gabriel Attal's substitute for the tenth district of Hauts-de-Seine wanted to "
speak out about the AESH
" (Accompanying students with disabilities), these 132,000 people who help students with disabilities on a daily basis to take lessons with the other children.
According to the MP, "
many AESH, who are mothers who stopped working at one time to take care of their children, choose this status to have Wednesdays and school holidays
A wave of disapproval rises in the room.
“And they assume,
continues the deputy
They are happy with what they are doing, stop victimizing the professions!”
A statement that did not please the chairman of the Finance Committee, Éric Coquerel
“I think we are going to go see AESH together, dear colleague, coldly replied the LFI deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis.
Their big demand is that their job be taken into consideration.”
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Following him, criticism multiplied.
It's shameful, it's an incredible class contempt
", curried Clémentine Autain, deputy LFI.
For the socialist Arthur Delaporte, the words of Claire Guichard are purely “
As for MEP LFI Manon Aubry, she invited MP LREM to “
come and do the job of AESH for 850 euros per month and live below the poverty line.
And she'll see if it's really a matter of choice.
Faced with the indignation triggered, Claire Guichard returned to her remarks, acknowledging in a Tweet that
“AESH devote their lives to society
The deputy then wanted to apologize to “
those whom her words may have offended
My words yesterday may have led people to think that I am understating the difficulties they are going through.
This is not the case.
In September 2022, Claire Hédon, Defender of Rights, pinned down the State for a crucial lack of personnel serving children with disabilities.
The profession "
lacks consideration, recognition and is becoming precarious
", denounces the report, which notes that more than 60% of AESH work part-time and earn less than 800 euros net per month.
At the same time, in an interview with
Gabriel Attal defended this “
It is a job that remains precarious.
We raise the salary, we allow AESH to be able to work more to compensate for this, ”
replied the Minister of Action and Public Accounts to a reader of the regional daily.