OECD study sounds alarm over French school drop outs

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this week published its annual study of results and trends of its member states’ educational systems. 'Education at a glance 2012' contains a number of findings that underline structural failings in the French education system, notably the fall in the numbers of 15-19 year-olds enrolled in full-time schooling and which the OECD described as “preoccupying”. The study provided added urgency to the French government’s ongoing series of nationwide consultative talks aimed at defining “the school of tomorrow”, ahead of sweeping reforms due to be put before parliament later this autumn. Lucie Delaporte reports.

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One of French President François Hollande’s major policy pillars is a reform of the French educational system, with both an overhaul of its organisational structure and the promised creation of 60,000 jobs in a sector in crisis from an annually increasing shortfall of teaching staff.