HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-FRANCE-EDUCATION: Reopening of all high schools in the green zone, the oral exam of the French bac canceled, says Blanquer
PARIS (Reuters) – All schools and colleges will reopen throughout France starting next week under special conditions and in small groups, announced Thursday the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who added that the oral exam of the French baccalaureate for first graders was canceled this year and replaced by continuous assessment.
“As for colleges, as you know, we have opened colleges in the green zone for over a week, they have been 95.5%. All of the colleges will now open, whether in the green zone or in the orange zone “, he said during the presentation of phase 2 of the French deconfinement process.
“This means that we add the 4th and the 3rd after the 6th and the 5th which have already opened. So all the classes will be open in the green zone. In the orange zone, we will welcome in priority the pupils of 6th and 5th and if the material conditions are met, students from other levels can then be welcomed. “
The reopening of high schools will also be differentiated.
In the “green” departments, general, technological and vocational high schools will reopen next week with the reception of all students on at least one level.
In the departments classified in “orange”, priority will be given to the reopening of vocational high schools where, explained the Minister, “there are more dropouts and special needs”.
As for the oral examination of the French baccalaureate, the only component of the baccalaureate that has not yet been replaced by continuous assessment, it is in turn canceled and will also be validated by continuous assessment.
“I consulted parents’ federations, union organizations, high school students and their representatives (…), I heard their concerns about an exceptional situation which led to uneven preparation,” said the minister.
“We therefore hear the argument that considers that the fairest assessment of students’ knowledge of French is to take into account the marks of the first two trimesters of the year and therefore therefore, the French oral test. will be validated by continuous monitoring, “he added.
(Nicolas Delame and Henri-Pierre André, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)