SCHOOL TIME

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Pri­mary schools in France have been given the op­tion of in­tro­duc­ing a four­day week in­stead of the cur­rent four and a half days. The min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion, Jean-Michel Blan­quer has re­vived the de­bate on school rou­tines since tak­ing of­fice in May, say­ing that there was a need to spread the chil­dren’s time at school on both a weekly and an­nual ba­sis. But rather than en­forc­ing a new pol­icy, Macron’s ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to give lo­cal com­munes the flex­i­bil­ity to choose which timetable suits them best. The cur­rent plan is to ex­per­i­ment with the school sched­ules to­wards the end of 2017 and then give schools the choice of im­ple­ment­ing the changes by 2018 if they so wish. If adopted, it would be the third change to France’s school sys­tem in less than 10 years.

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