2 February 2024

The day after the launch of the 2023 bac, the first hiccups go up. The Ministry of National Education has announced that it will conduct an internal investigation after the leak of a baccalaureate subject on Tuesday March 21. This is the subject of the eco-law specialty test in the STMG technological sector, the publication of which forced the ministry to use the emergency subject. This leak would have taken place on social networks at the end of the morning but the rue de Grenelle specifies that it was informed at 1:58 p.m. when the event started at 2 p.m. The Ministry “will file a complaint against X”he told Agence France-Presse.

About 82,000 candidates took this test on Tuesday as part of the baccalaureate specialty tests and were concerned. The tests began on Monday for 536,081 candidates (390,710 in the general route, 145,371 in the technological route). The candidates each take two tests between Monday and Wednesday, which together count for a third of the results of the baccalaureate.

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Appeal to rescue subject

The alerts arrived in the establishments about forty minutes after the start of the test, forcing it to be suspended and then to wait before the instruction was finally passed to distribute replacement subjects, prepared for each examination in the event of a problem, and which had to be printed at the last minute at the examination centers.

The candidates, who had started the test with the initial subject, “resumed at 3 p.m.” with this new subject, it was specified to the ministry, and “the duration of the test (been) delayed by one hour”. A source of “destabilize” and of ” stress “ for many students, according to teachers in the field, where teachers and heads of schools explained to the World not having, for some, been able to resume before 3:30 p.m. “They will finish at 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., after starting to compose at 2 p.m.”, deplores Sophie Vénétitay, general secretary of the SNES-FSU, the first secondary school union. For pupils benefiting from third time, the new subject has been shortened so that they are not forced to finish after 8 p.m.

On social networks, the testimonies of students have multiplied to testify to the incident when it occurred. “Some had access to their phones to warn their families that they were going to finish late”according to M.me Vénétitay, who specifies that the absence of school transport past a certain hour was also a source of concern and forced the supervisors to go around the rooms to identify the pupils possibly affected by these difficulties.

The Ministry of National Education was forced last year to use its relief subjects for the history-geography and science tests of the college patent after a leak. There was also recourse for the general French baccalaureate, due to an error in an examination center.

In 2019, an investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office after leaks concerning the mathematics tests of the general series relayed by WhatsApp private messaging or by SMS.

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The World with AFP

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