PARIS (1) – French high-school college college students won’t sit the normal ‘baccalaureat’ (bac) exam this summer time as a result of coronavirus, the training minister mentioned on Friday, an unprecedented transfer that highlights the dimensions of disruption attributable to the pandemic.

It’s the first time since its inception in 1808 below Napoleon Bonaparte that the ‘bac’ exam won’t happen in its conventional type. Even the sweeping scholar and labour protests of Might 1968 didn’t forestall the exam going forward.

As a substitute, college students will obtain a mean rating in every topic calculated from marks given for assessments and homework all year long, Training Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer mentioned in a televised deal with.

“That is the simplest, safe and truthful resolution in these troublesome instances”, he mentioned, including that marks obtained in the course of the present lockdown interval wouldn’t be taken into consideration.

France has confirmed practically 60,000 circumstances of the coronavirus to date and as of Friday it had recorded 5,387 deaths, the fourth highest tally on this planet. Faculties and universities have been shut since early March to assist halt the unfold of the virus.

Public end-of-year exams in another international locations together with Britain have additionally been cancelled as a result of pandemic.

If situations enable, France might ramp up lessons in June to make up for misplaced time within the training of its younger folks, mentioned Blanquer, who has beforehand raised the likelihood of faculties reopening in early Might.

In such a state of affairs, he added, the pupils’ attendance can be an element of their acquiring the ‘bac’.

On Friday he mentioned a resumption of lessons in early Might was for now only a “speculation”.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Modifying by Gareth Jones

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