Can France's school results get any worse?
"The coming debacle" says France Info
"More catastrophic than ever" predicts Jacques Attali
"France champion - of inequality in education" - announces Les Echos
French parents, teachers, and the entire centralized National Education establishment hold their breath - while private schools, tutors and e-learning service providers rub their hands at the prospect of an influx of desperate new clients.
What will the newest comparative study of educational achievement show?
If advance reactions are any indicator, nothing good.
Yet the causes - outrageously poor teacher training, scandalous abandonment of poorer students, terrible management of human resources (remember: one whole year lost to absent teachers who are not replaced!) - are pretty well known.
What to do? What to do?
This, also, is not such a secret.
Train the teachers well and get them into the classrooms to teach.
Too obvious? You'd be surprised....
Click here to view France's results on the PISA (source L'Express)
Pisa is the Programme for International Student Assessment.Organised by the OECD, it assesses 15-year-olds in 65 countries using tests for maths, reading and science and then publishes rankings of performance on a country by country basis.