Wednesday, 14 September 2011
French newspapers and websites were almost wholly negative about the state of the country's education system following a report from the Paris-based OECD on the state of education in countries around the world.

"France, champion of inequality in education" lamented Le Figaro. "The OECD paints a damning picture of education in France" said Les Echos. "France stagnates in education matters", moaned L'Express.

The Education At A Glance 2011 report, published on Tuesday, provided plenty of statistics for commentators to analyse and most drew negative conclusions.

L'Express highlighted the fact that France is one of the few countries to have seen its enrolment rate of 15-19 year olds fall between 1995 and 2009, from 89 to 84 percent. Overall, this rate increased in other OECD countries by 9 percent.

"13 percent of young people are completely outside the school system, that's 130,00 a year" said Bernard Hugonnier, education director at the OECD. He described the rate as a "macabre permanent feature" of the French system.

Le Parisien said that the OECD was "warning France" in its latest report. The newspaper pointed out that France was 33rd out of a total of 34 countries when it came to inequalities in the school system (New Zealand came in last).

The Left loves to talk about inequality. They never mention that the principal driver of inequality is immigration. These educational figures are simply one sympton of a civilised country being dragged down into the third world by immigration. Of course, none of the French papers mention immigration in any of their analyses, even though the OECD itself highlights it as a factor.
"In many OECD countries, children with an immigrant background are significantly more likely to count among the lowest-performing pupils. On average, indigenous pupils are 44 points ahead of them (in France, 60 points), a gap that represents the equivalent of more than one year of study," according to the organisation.

In France, the gap represents more than a year and a half of education.
Source: L'Express

Note that the Independent today has a story on the same OECD report on education, but manages to put a completely different spin on it:
Migrants are better qualified than workers born in UK, says study

34 per cent of migrants in the UK have a post-school qualification, compared to about 29 per cent of local workers

The Independent does not mention what the OECD said about the poor performance of children of immigrant background in schools. This is systematic dishonesty worthy of Pravda.


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