Record number of French students pass final exams

Someone writing in a piece of paper. A record number of French students have passed final school exams this year.
Exceptionally, this year students who need to take resits for personal reasons (such as grief or illness) will be able to so do in September.

This year, around 91.5% of 740,000 students in France have passed their final year school exams, known as le bac (short for baccalauréat), without having to do resits.

The results were released by the French ministry of education yesterday (July 7).  

However, most students knew their results in advance as a continuous assessment policy was exceptionally used this year, as a result of the Covid-19 health crisis disrupting normal school timetables. This meant that only results from students’ first and second trimesters were used to calculate exam results.

The 95.1% pass rate is a “record” in France, up 13.7 points on results last year. The previous record, set in 2016, saw 88.6% of students passing the bac exams without needing to do ...

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