Dear FLT Members,
Because of the serious situation which will have a direct impact on every family, we are relaying the message of FAPEE (Federation of Parents’ Associations of French Educational institutions abroad) addressed to the ministries, parliamentarians and the director of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), which manages the network of french schools abroad (see below, French only).
(Reminder) The FAPEE is the Federation of Parents’ Associations which your association (FLT-Fapee) belongs to. The FAPEE is an apolitical organization whose mission is to defend the interests of parents of students enrolled in French schools abroad.
The AEFE is now in a difficult financial situation, due to a structural deficit (the budget allocated has been insufficient for many years to support the teaching staff civil pensions payment) and a recent budget cut of 33 million euros in 2017 .
Due to this situation, the AEFE has decided to increase the 2017-2018 year (tuition), the contribution owed by each institution (such as the LFI Tokyo) from its own budget, contribution from 6% to 9.5% of their budget (before descending progressively – in principle – to the previous rate), and also reduce the number of residents and expatriate teachers across the network in the upcoming three years (down 500 positions for a total of about 6500).
These professors, members of the French National Education, their salaries are paid by the AEFE, which will ease the financial burden of Lycées especially. Such a drop will result in greater demand of locally recruited staff whose salaries are paid directly by the institutions and therefore, impacts directly on tuition.
The use of a higher proportion of local staff may also lead to a decline in the number of teachers trained for National Education, with possible consequences for the consistency of teaching with the National Education training.
It seemed important that as parents and key contributors to the financing of LFI Tokyo, you are informed of these worrying developments and actions taken by our federation, FAPEE.
For our part, we will meet with French Ambassador of Japan and elected officials shortly to express our concerns.