The Minister of the Public Service announces that places will be “reserved” for candidates from modest backgrounds who will attempt the competitive examinations for the senior public service.
Competitions for senior civil servants accessible to all?
On Wednesday, October 7, Amélie de Montchalin, the Minister of Public Service, made a big announcement in The world. In order to “Restarting the social elevator”, places will be “reserved” for candidates from modest backgrounds from 2021. It all started with one observation: “How do you expect the senior civil service to inspire confidence if it doesn’t look like France? “
The minister reveals that “It is in our country that inequalities of destiny are reproduced the most. When you are poor, it takes six generations to reach the middle class. This is a huge red flag. We must fight against this, it is an emergency. We must restart the social elevator. For decades, the public service has been its driving force. It must become that again. “
Who is concerned ?
This decision will lead to “specific access routes” in the entrance exams to public service schools such as ENA or magistrates for example. However, places must be earned: “They certainly won’t be discount contests. They will be selective ”, indicates the minister.
The year 2021 will be “experimental” and concerns all competitive examinations for the senior civil service. To benefit from these “reserved” places, the candidate must be a grant holder. In addition, he must have passed his baccalaureate in a priority neighborhood or in a rural revitalization zone. The Minister specifies: “There are also students who do not meet these criteria but whose merit, the course of life justifies that they can take these competitions. “
Moreover, for Amélie de Montchalin it is not a question of ” positive discrimination “, but evokes a “Self-censorship” and “Selection bias”. Indeed : “These young people simply do not show up for the competition, so we cannot say that they are discriminated against. “