How French school system increases social inequality


A damning report commissioned by an independent evaluation body has found that schools in France exacerbate rather than reduce inequalities in society. The report, compiled from the work of more than 30 experts from different disciplines, says that the French education system has been failing many pupils for decades. In particular it singles out the failure of what are called education priority areas, a policy pursued by politicians of both the Left and Right. These special zones have been stigmatised and turned into educational ghettoes, says the report, shunned by better-off families and used mostly by children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Faïza Zerouala reports.

French schools fail social inequalities test


The French education ministry on Friday published its latest detailed evaluation of school performance and the prospects of pupils leaving the academic system. Much of it is alarming reading; every year, about 140,000 young people leave the French educational system without any qualifications and there are now 900,000 people aged between 15 and 29 who are neither in education, nor training, nor actively seeking employment. The report concludes that French pupils from lower social categories are at a greater academic disadvantage than those in other similar European countries. Lucie Delaporte reports.

Scolarité des enfants d’immigrés : la mauvaise note de la France

Éducation et enseignement supérieur — Investigation

La dernière enquête PISA révèle une plus faible performance des élèves issus de l'immigration, à milieu social équivalent. Des chiffres qui vont à l'encontre de toutes les statistiques officielles publiées jusque-là.

French falling behind in maths says Pisa global education survey

International — Link

The international education report also highlighted growing inequality between the performance of French children from different backgrounds.