Will the results of the teacher consultation be distorted?

Will the results of the teacher consultation be distorted?

The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, on February 12 at the Elysee Palace.

The questionnaire sent by the Ministry of National Education to teachers to find out “their feelings, their recommendations, their ideas, their will” is open to everyone. It is possible to respond several times, without even being concerned by this consultation.

Question asked on 03/04/2020


The ministry of national education launched on Tuesday March 4 a consultation intended for the teachers, in parallel with the negotiations with the trade unions. “We are going to do something completely new in March, a major Internet survey that will allow us, among the 850,000 teachers, to know both their feelings, their recommendations, their ideas, their will”, announced last week Jean-Michel Blanquer on France Inter. In more than 40 questions, teachers are invited to express themselves anonymously on their working conditions and their vision of the profession. Only some personal information is requested such as seniority, type of school or education network (REP, REP +, Non REP).

But quickly, some realize that access to the questionnaire is not restricted, and that it is possible to answer it several times in a row.

The government is used to fake consultations, of course … But the Ministry of National Education goes further: it invents the consultation of its teaching staff open to all. Teachers or not, everyone can participate, once or more. A masquerade without any validity“Observes Pascale Fourier in a club blog post Mediapart.

Asked about the possible consideration of these biases in the analysis of the results, the ministry simply replied that “standardized control procedures and cleaning of the data collected are systematically applied by the provider of the response processing ”.

What do these checks consist of? “There are many methods to ensure that the questionnaire has not been the subject of repeated or non-authentic responses, including for example: controlling the frequency of the number of questionnaires completed to avoid bots, controlling the response time spent by questionnaire, detecting the existence of identical questionnaires, checking the consistency of responses on the nature of establishments, etc.Said Bruno Jeanbart, deputy director general of OpinionWay, the consulting institute.

According to him, “the volume of respondents, which will obviously be very large, will be an important guarantee of the quality of the results“, He adds.


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