NSI capes and IT aggregation: SIF warns of the lack of teachers – Computerworld

In 2023, only 72 positions will be open to external competitions for computer science aggregation and Capes NSI. The Société Informatique de France (SIF) is once again sounding the alarm about the need to strengthen the teaching of digital and computer sciences in France in high schools and universities.

22 and 50. According to the Société Informatique de France (SIF), these are respectively the number of 2023 positions in the external competitions for the aggregation of computer science and the Capes NSI (Numerical and computer sciences) after examination of the data provided by the Journal official of December 13, 2022. In a press release, the association alerts on this negative signal sent to the socio-economic and academic worlds concerned. “We are very far from the training objectives targeted by the government within the framework of the France Relance 2030 plan”, confides Sylvie Alayrangues, communication coordinator of the SIF. For her, the low representation of teachers in digital education is not due to the lack of candidates. “The NSI specialty is still lacking in many high schools and the stumbling block comes from human resources. The lack of job openings and the establishment of a specialty in high schools is a policy that is probably more a result of a reluctance to develop a discipline that did not previously exist in high school because it has to be place among the existing disciplines”, she tells us.

This also applies to science in general, not just computer science, which is the poor relation of the baccalaureate reform, according to the latter. Added to this is the fact that thestudents drop out often the NSI specialty in final year with an imbalance in the choice to study digital technology according to the regions which also concerns universities. “Strong action, at the level of the two ministries (National Education and Higher Education) still seems necessary here so that the choices of the pupils are based on their appetites and on the socio-economic realities of the territories”, judges the spokesperson of the SIF. At the beginning of December, the Ministry of National Education had nevertheless underlined the importance of strengthening digital education in high school. Two objectives have thus been announced for 2027. First challenge: at least 75% of public general and technological high schools will have to offer the NSI specialty (digital and computer sciences) within four years.

Objectives achieved in 2037

Second government proposal. Increase the number of places in this discipline in high schools that already offer it “by increasing the proportion of high schools that offer at least two groups of NSI in first from 35% to 50% of establishments”. Surrealistic objectives according to the SIF which recalls that at the end of 2022, 64% of high schools offer the NSI specialty. For the organization, the first proposal therefore amounts to increasing the rate of the NSI specialty in high schools by an average of 3.2% per year for 5 years. At this rate, 100% of high schools concerned will be reached… in 2037. The second, more subtle suggestion suggests that high schools would have a “number of places available”.

This while they have a staffing which they hope will correspond to the number of classes observed. However, assuming that this concept of “places” exists, the increase from 35% to 50% corresponds to an annual increase of 7.4%, analyzes the collective. At this rate, 100% of high schools concerned would also be reached in 2037. “France cannot postpone the implementation of an ambitious and firm public policy in favor of the skills necessary over the next 20 years to reindustrialize the country” , declared Henri d’Agrain, president of Cigref on Twitter. We want a multi-year skills orientation programming law, the leader also argued.



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NSI capes and IT aggregation: SIF warns of the lack of teachers – Computerworld


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