Private school numbers on the rise

Following whole-scale changes in the French education system last year, it is perhaps not surprising that the private school sector has seen a rise in the number of pupils – but parent groups say the two events are not connected.

The changes largely affected pupils in collège – and private collèges drew an extra 6,300 pupils at the 2016 rentrée.State collège numbers were down 9,900.
Alongside this there was also a 1.5% rise in pupils in private primary schools and an extra 4,000 students at private lycées – although at the same time state lycées saw a 43,000 rise in numbers.
Around 17% of children attend private schools – just over two million pupils at the latest rentrée – part of a total of 12.8 million children in education.

The vast majority of private schools are run by catholic organisations and nearly all private schools, 98%, are sous contrat or under contract to the state.
This means teachers are paid by the government and fees paid by the parents contribute to ...

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