OECD warns of ‘human tragedy’ behind France’s ‘two-tier’ school system

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Earlier this month the OECD published its latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which attempts to measure the success of school education systems worldwide in an evaluation of the performance and knowledge of 15-year-old pupils in 72 countries. The study, which is produced every three years, found French schools to be amongst the most socially unequal, with pupils from poor backgrounds scoring significantly less than those from better-off families, a situation that the OECD desribed as a “two-tier” system that has resulted in “a human tragedy”. Faïza Zerouala reports. 

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