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>> This primary school in France is embracing President Emmanuel Macron's education reforms. The classes here are much smaller, which enables teachers to focus more on each people. It's amongst several idea set by Macron during his first year in office, which he hopes will reduce inequality in education. Other reforms include making school compulsory from the age of three instead of six, and banning mobile phones in class.
00:00:27
The class sizes have been cut in about 4,000 schools in deprived areas across France. Teacher Sebastian was reluctant at first, but now says it's a success.>>
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> Macron is all about schools for the rich. We keep hacking of the resources in working class neighborhoods. Having class sizes in the youngest years, was just a smoke's scream because he did it but kept the resources the same.
00:00:45
>> People's chances of escaping their socioeconomic background are smaller in France than in any of the other 71 countries surveyed by think tank the OECD. Macron's reform sealed three parliament, while his party has a big majority, but not everyone is so churn by them. Plans to revamp the Baccalaureate a school leaving exam introduced by Napoleon in 1808 and propose us to introduce more selective entry requirements for universities have been met with scepticism.
00:01:16
Then there is the question of resources.>>
00:01:31
But most protests against his reforms have fizzled out. Meaning that Macron's education plan remains on track.