In Moselle, sheep enrolled in school by parents to save their children’s class

In Moselle, sheep enrolled in school by parents to save their children’s class
In Moselle, sheep enrolled in school by parents to save their children’s class
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vismajeure / 500px / Getty Images/500px Illustrative photo. Four sheep have been officially enrolled in school in Moselle.

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Illustrative photo. Four sheep have been officially enrolled in school in Moselle.

EDUCATION – Somewhat unusual school friends. Disgusted by the announcement of the closure of a class in their school, the parents of students from the intercommunal educational group (RPI) of Notting-Voyer-Hermelange, in Moselle, had an original idea. The National Education Inspectorate is in fact requiring a minimum of 98 students from the three municipalities to keep the fifth class of their school open at the start of the next school year.

However, four students are missing from the list. To fill the gaps, the parents decided to enroll four sheep at the school, which were kindly loaned by a local farmer. The steps were taken in due form. Each animal has two parents, an address and a date of birth. They were even named with a first and last name: John Deere, Valériane Deschamps, Phil Tondus and Marguerite Duprès. The duly completed files were sent to National Education by the town hall, also participating in the mobilization.

“Our children are not sheep, stop counting them! »

The animals were not chosen at random. For parents, this is a real snub to the ministry. “Our children are not sheep, stop counting them! “, is outraged by Loïc Firtion, president of the parents’ association, in an interview with the local newspaper the Republican East.

The indignation is all the stronger as the class in question was opened in 2021, with 90 students. “In the rural environment in which we find ourselves, and the absurdity of this situation, it was obvious for us to take our sheep to school to finally reach the requested quota,” he says. A symbolic gesture which was explained to the children.

The sheep were thus taken to their new school the week of May 6. A small enclosure has been set up for them in the playground, and a sign “welcome to our four new registrants” was displayed. “They’re our new friends so the classes won’t close. It is very good ! »comments to RTLLola, 4 years old and student at the school.

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