French expand state boarding schools

12th January 2001 at 00:00
FRANCE: Education minister Jack Lang has announced a five-year plan to expand state boarding schools in response to demand, particularly from poorer parents.

At least one new state boarding school will be opened in each of the country's 100 departments (regional authorities).

About 180,000 secondary pupils - 4 per cent of the total - board in tate schools, most of whom are at lycee (upper secondary). Parents pay 6,000 to 8,000 francs (pound;600 to pound;800) a year, compared to 30,000 francs at a private Catholic school. Mr Lang was careful to emphasise that the schools would be "public boarding schools in the widest sense" and not just for teenagers with family difficulties. Jane Marshall.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today