Joseph Bamat, France 24 (January 22, 2013)
Paris-region teachers are striking against President Francois Hollande’s first major school reform, which calls for a reduction in class time during the school day and the addition of a half-day on Wednesdays. Teachers claim that the reform, set to begin in September of 2013, will require longer work hours with no compensation, and that it will have no impact on the overall quality of education. French teachers strongly supported Hollande in last year’s presidential election, when he promised a reform of the school system and a heavy investment in education.
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