France -Mixed response to education reform -November 6, 2012

The start of the 2013 school year will see a return to four-and-a-half days of classes in primary school, the introduction of new teacher training, the launch of e-Education, and the creation of a ‘legitimate body’ to write the curricula. Other announcements included: more teachers than classes, the return of schooling for the under-threes, and a reduction in the number of children having to repeat the school year. While most of these reforms were welcomed by the teachers trade unions the unions hope that the negotiating stage due to begin after the first assessment by the National Education Minister will ensure there are no partisan decisions against the interests of school teachers and the very foundation of their professionalism and commitment to public service and national education.



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