Anger after ‘mistakes’ over new French bac roll-out

Teachers and parents’ groups have criticised the ‘hurried’ implementation of the bac reform

The first set of contrôle continu [ongoing testing] exams for the reformed baccaulauréat were set to take place across France from January 20 to the end of February. The new system has sparked parents’ associations’ and teachers’ anger due to what they say was a lack of preparation.

If you have a child in lycée, you are probably aware many teachers are unhappy about the way the new-style baccalauréat, is being introduced.

In some lycées there have been strikes and other action after the government decided to go ahead with the first set of contrôle continu exams in history and geography and languages for pupils in première, the second year of lycée.

Teachers’ unions, at least two local education authorities and the biggest parents’ association, the FCPE, have called on Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer to postpone the exams.

They said teachers had not been able to prepare pupils adequately due to a lack of information and resources, and schools were not ready. Some teachers have gone on strike, others have refused to set exams or invigilate them, and others have refused to mark papers.

The changes involve more mini-exams spread over the final two years plus taking into account other test ...

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