Ministry of National Education (France)

The Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports (French: Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de la Jeunesse et des Sports), or simply Ministry of National Education, as the title has changed several times in the course of the Fifth Republic, is the Government of France cabinet member charged with running the country's public educational system and with the supervision of agreements and authorisations for private teaching organisations.

Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports
Ministre de l'Éducation nationale, de la Jeunesse et des Sports
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Pap Ndiaye

since 20 May 2022
Ministry of National Education
Member ofCabinet
Reports toPresident of the Republic
Prime Minister
SeatHôtel de Rochechouart,110 rue de Grenelle, Paris 7e.
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerPresident of the Republic
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation1 February 1828

The ministry's headquarters is located in the 18th century Hôtel de Rochechouart on the Rue de Grenelle in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.[1] Given that education is France's largest employment domain, the ministry directs the work of more than half of the state civil servants. The position is therefore traditionally a strategic one. Pap Ndiaye was appointed as Minister of National Education in 2022.


A governmental position overseeing public education was first created in France in 1802. Following the various regime changes in France in the first decades of the 19th century, the position changed official status and name a number of times before the position of Minister of Public Instruction was created in 1828. For much of its history, the position was combined with that of Minister of Public Worship, who dealt with issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, except in instances where the Minister of Public Instruction was a Protestant. The position has also occasionally been combined with Minister of Sports and Minister of Youth Affairs. In 1932, the office's title was changed to Minister of National Education, although it was briefly changed back in 1940–1941, and was renamed Minister of Education during the Presidency of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1974–1981). In 1975, it created the Comité d'études sur les formations d'ingénieurs which studies the training and job placement of engineers in France.

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  1. ^ "à propos du site - mentions légales - crédits." Ministry of National Education. Retrieved on 6 May 2011. "Ministère de l’éducation nationale, de la jeunesse et de la vie associative Secrétariat général - Délégation à la communication 110 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris"

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