The Tes reports that many of the schools seizing this new freedom, provided by President Emmanuel Macron, are in rural areas.
Almost a third of primary schools in France are set to return to a four-day week this month. The move comes after local authorities in France were given the freedom to choose between a four-day school week and a four-and-a-half-day week from the start of the academic year.
According to the ministry of education, which confirmed the change this summer, 31.8 per cent of schools have opted for a four-day week – covering 28.7 per cent of primary school pupils.
It is mainly rural areas that have decided to seize this new freedom brought in by new president Emmanuel Macron’s government from this month – although a number of cities have also returned to a four-day week, such as Nice and Cannes.
It has been reported that other major cities wishing to return to the four-day week, such as Marseille, plan to wait until next year to make any changes.
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