POLITICS: F. Gumbs challenges the State on "the unfair treatment of small islands attached to larger islands"


The deputy of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, Frantz Gumbs, posed his second written question to the government this week. It is addressed to the Minister of Education and concerns “the inequitable treatment of small islands attached to larger islands where the administrative decision-making centers of the State are located”.

He takes as an example “the Saintes, Marie-Galante, la Désirade, Saint-Barthélemy or even Saint-Martin which depend on the prefecture, the rectorate or the ARS located in Guadeloupe”. "These islands are disadvantaged because of their double insularity in relation to France, the narrowness and remoteness of their territory", he conceives. 

"For example, the results of the school assessment at the start of sixth grade, in French, show that the average rate of mastery of students is 46% in Saint-Martin against 77% in Guadeloupe and 89% in Hexagon", he adds.

Frantz Gumbs thus asks the minister “what measures he plans to take in order to attenuate these structural weaknesses which limit the potential of these territories so as to offer young people a framework better adapted to the specific characteristics which define them”.

Published in the Official Journal on August 9, the question has not yet received an answer.


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