1 December 2023

Is the smooth running of the 2023 baccalaureate threatened? As the specialty tests start on Monday March 20, several teachers’ unions are calling for continued mobilization against the pension reform, “including during the period of examinations and corrections”.

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On a regional scale, the Breton academic inter-union – SNES-FSU Bretagne, CGT Educ’action, SNFOLC and SUD Education – has already announced, in a statement published Friday, March 17, having filed a strike notice. After the government’s recourse to article 49.3 to have the text of the pension reform adopted, without a vote, the trade unions denounce “a contempt for democracy, which national education staff have known well since 2017”. They therefore call “on strike, wherever possible, before, during and
after the written specialty tests, the oral, practical and skills tests

Additional supervisors

The Minister of Education announced Friday evening that “additional supervisors” will be mobilized during the bac exams, at the start of the week. “In the event of delay of the candidates due to transport strikes, adjustments to the test time will be organized so that they can benefit from the entire duration of the tests”, he added in a press release, a measure already announced this week.

On Wednesday, the FO, CGT and SUD unions had already called for a mobilization for the week of March 20. The ministry then wanted to be reassuring, emphasizing that it had “the right to mobilize all national education personnel necessary to ensure that the exams go well”.

Request for postponement of tests

The actors of the education system have been demanding for several months the postponement of the specialty tests in June. The latter are held for the first time in March and this year will count towards the higher education admission platform Parcoursup.

The specialty tests, created by the baccalaureate reform decided in 2019 by Jean-Michel Blanquer, then Minister of Education, took place only once, last year, but in May, Covid-19 obligatory. The 536,081 candidates (390,710 in the general route and 145,371 in the technological route) will each work on two tests, which together account for a third of the results of the baccalaureate, calculated on 100 points.

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The World with AFP

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