French newspapers and websites were almost wholly negative about the state of the country's education system following a report from the Paris-based OECD on the state of education in countries around the world.

"/> French newspapers and websites were almost wholly negative about the state of the country's education system following a report from the Paris-based OECD on the state of education in countries around the world.

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French media lament poor education rating

French newspapers and websites were almost wholly negative about the state of the country's education system following a report from the Paris-based OECD on the state of education in countries around the world.

French media lament poor education rating
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“France, champion of inequality in education” lamented Le Figaro. “The OECD paints a damning picture of education in France” said Les Echos. “France stagnates in education matters”, moaned L’Express. 

The Education At A Glance 2011 report, published on Tuesday, provided plenty of statistics for commentators to analyse and most drew negative conclusions.

L’Express highlighted the fact that France is one of the few countries to have seen its enrolment rate of 15-19 year olds fall between 1995 and 2009, from 89 to 84 percent. Overall, this rate increased in other OECD countries by 9 percent.

“13 percent of young people are completely outside the school system, that’s 130,00 a year” said Bernard Hugonnier, education director at the OECD. He described the rate as a “macabre permanent feature” of the French system.

Le Parisien said that the OECD was “warning France” in its latest report. The newspaper pointed out that France was 33rd out of a total of 34 countries when it came to inequalities in the school system (New Zealand came in last).  

For Le Monde, the story in the data was that 1995 was the year that the quality of education in France either stagnated or started declining.

Midi Libre chose to lead on the fact that teachers’ salaries in France have fallen in real terms since 1995 while they have “risen in two-thirds of other countries”, according to Eric Charbonnier, an education analyst at the OECD quoted by the newspaper.

Catholic daily La Croix managed to pull out one sliver of positive news from the report. It reported that 84 percent of adults have a good secondary education level qualification, better than the OECD average of 81 percent.

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Schools to close as French teachers strike over Covid rules

Around three-quarters of French teachers plan to go on strike onThursday to protest the government's shifting rules on Covid testing for students, forcing the closure of half the country's primary schools, a union said Tuesday.

Schools to close as French teachers strike over Covid rules
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The strike led by the Snuipp-FSU union, the largest among primary school teachers, comes after the latest of several changes on testing and isolation requirements for potential Covid cases announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex late Monday.

After seeing long lines of parents outside pharmacies and labs in recent days to test children in classes where a case was detected, Castex said home tests could now be used to determine if a student could return to school.

But teachers say class disruptions have become unmanageable with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.

“Students cannot learn properly because attendance varies wildly, and a hybrid of in-house and distance learning is impossible to put in place,” the Snuipp-FSU said, adding that absent teachers are not being replaced.

It is also demanding the government provide facemasks for staff, including the more protective FFP2 masks, and CO2 monitors to check if classrooms are sufficiently ventilated.

“Not only does the current protocol not protect students, staff or their families, it has completely disorganised schools,” the union said, claiming that classes have effectively been turned into “daycare centres.”

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said the government is doing everything possible to avoid outright school closures that could cause havoc for parents and jeopardise learning for thousands, especially those in low-income families.

“I know there is a lot of fatigue, of anxiety… but you don’t go on strike against a virus,” Blanquer told BFM television on Tuesday.

As of Monday some 10,000 classes had been shut nationwide because of Covid cases, representing around two percent of all primary school classes, Blanquer said.

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