Jean-Michel Blanquer (born 4 December 1964) is a French jurist and government official serving as Minister of National Education since 17 May 2017 under Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.
Blanquer in 2017
|Minister of National Education|
|Assumed office |
17 May 2017
|Prime Minister||Édouard Philippe|
|Preceded by||Najat Vallaud-Belkacem|
(National Education, Higher Education and Research)
|Born||4 December 1964|
|Political party||La République En Marche!|
|Alma mater||Panthéon-Sorbonne University|
Education and early career
From 1996 to 1998, he was a professor in civil law at Sciences Po Lille. From 1998 to 2004, he was director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the New Sorbonne University.
From 2009 to 2012, Blanquer served as the director general of secondary and junior school education under then Minister of National Education Luc Chatel. In 2013 he became president of ESSEC Business School.
Minister of National Education
On 15 May 2017, Blanquer was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron to be Minister of National Education in the first Philippe government. He retained the position on 17 June 2017 when the second Philippe government was formed, following the legislative election of 2017.
Soon after assuming the office, Blanquer announced plans to get rid of homework, preferring instead that time be set aside during the school day to do homework in school. In June 2017, the ministry published a readjustment of elementary school programs in French and mathematics.
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