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In bac 2023, the curse continues for specialty tests (illustration image)

SCHOOLS – He may no longer be in government, but there is no doubt that there is still this year a little apprehension on the side of Jean-Michel Blanquer. The 2019 baccalaureate reform of the former Minister of National Education, which provides in particular for the specialty tests to take place in March, never went as planned.

While in 2020, 2021, and 2022 the Covid came to shake up the agendas and schedules, the year 2023 must finally see the full and complete application of the Blanquer directives. No less than 536,081 candidates from the general and technological streams are expected in 2,600 examination centers on Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March, each to work on two tests, which together account for a third of the baccalaureate results, calculated on 100 dots.

Except that… As in previous years, the tests will not necessarily take place in optimal conditions and should be shaken up by external events: the pension reform and its opponents. Several unions, including CGT Education, SNLC-FO, SNES-FSU and SUD Education, have called this Friday, March 17 to strike from Monday, during the tests.

The unions recalled in their press release that they have regularly asked for the postponement of these tests from March to June, taunting a “absurd calendar” which obliges to “treat programs in” urgency. The Ministry of Education has on its side assured that the March exams cover only 60% of the annual program. Not enough to alleviate the fears of students and teachers, who denounce the lack of time to finish the programs properly.

The Ministry of Education tempers the risks

To ensure a “equality between candidates”Minister Pap Ndiaye had even asked at the beginning of last week “that in all high schools, the days of Friday or Saturday be devoted for the students of Terminale to revisions of the specialty tests, in the form of revision sessions or free time”.

Without convincing the trade unions. “It could have made sense three months ago, but now it gives the signal that the baccalaureate is revising at the last minute”, tançait Bruno Bobkiewicz, Secretary General of SNPDEN-Unsa. “While specialist teachers have been trying for months to meet the deadlines to deal with all the notions of a program that is too heavy, the minister suddenly decides on a change of organization, in the name of a so-called concern of equality”regrets the SE-Unsa in a press release.

The threats of the unions concerning possible strikes at the beginning of the week risk in any case to have an above all symbolic significance because the ministry claims to have “the right to mobilize all the National Education staff necessary to ensure that the exams go well”, he said Tuesday during a press briefing. ” Additional supervisors will be mobilized “, confirmed the minister this Friday evening.

In the event of a transport disruption and a candidate being late “not exceeding one hour”, “the end of the event is delayed by as much” for this candidate, continues the ministry. And in the event of a high school blockage, Pap Ndiaye assures us that ” the necessary arrangements will be made to allow candidates access to the examination centers in conjunction with the departmental prefectures ».

The marks of the specialty tests – known from April 12 – will be taken into account in Parcoursup, the assignment procedure in higher education, a first.

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