Société Française — L’Enseignement
The gradual process of change in the French school system was largely completed by the reforms introduced in 1975 by the Minister, Monsieur Haby, which established the collège as the standard 11–16 comprehensive school for all pupils. The lycée, which had been a selective school comparable with the English grammar school, now became a sort of sixth form college. But although the system was introduced according to plan, the educational debate has continued to rage around the question of whether the collège has led to a drop in standards of work and behaviour. Another important element in the debate, the rôle of the private schools, was thrown into prominence by the public opposition to the socialist government’s plans to reduce State aid to the private system. These issues are referred to in the following passages.
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