Keyword: class sizes

Town v country: rural French schools feel sacrificed in favour of urban areas

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A classroom in a primary school in Marseille. © Reuters A classroom in a primary school in Marseille. © Reuters

The education authorities have just made their annual announcement about which primary school classes are being closed and which are being opened in the next academic year. Teaching unions and elected representatives in rural areas fear village schools are getting fewer teaching posts so that the government can implement its flagship policy of halving class sizes in education priority zones - which are overwhelmingly in deprived urban areas. Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer rejects the claims. Mediapart's education correspondent Faïza Zerouala reports.