French President Emmanuel Macron introduced on Thursday a plan to shut the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the elite postgraduate faculty that for many years has churned out the nation’s prime civil servants.
Macron has mentioned he needs to make sure essentially the most senior echelons of presidency higher replicate the range of contemporary society.
He now plans to interchange the ENA with a brand new “institute of public service” that will be extra open, extra numerous and fewer bureaucratic.
ENA has educated most of France’s presidents, cupboard ministers and senior civil servants since 1945, together with President Macron himself.
However it’s been criticised for producing out-of-touch elites, and Macron first signalled his intention to reform it following the social unrest of the Yellow Vest motion in 2018.
As a result of the ENA entrance examination is so troublesome, it’s de facto reserved for privileged college students who’ve studied at France’s finest faculties.
Most ENA college students come from upper-class backgrounds – round 70 per cent lately, in comparison with about 45 per cent within the Fifties.
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