The results of the new formula baccalaureate have arrived and are less good than last year: 86% of the 709,000 candidates were received immediately, a drop of 4.7 points compared to 2021, after two sessions disrupted by the Covid- 19.

Already at the beginning of the day, the Minister of Education Pap Ndiaye had mentioned "a drop in results compared to previous years", indicating that this was "not entirely surprising" because "this year is the first real year baccalaureate reform that is not hampered by the health crisis".

Catch-up sessions starting this Wednesday

Since the 2019 reform, the baccalaureate mark is based 40% on continuous assessment and 60% on final exams.

"Continuous monitoring exists in most countries of the world" and "is the subject of work" which shows "that it is fair", assured the minister.

This year, the success rates before resiting are 91.5% for the general baccalaureate (-3.8 points compared to 2021), 80.6% (-8.6 points) for the technological baccalaureate and 78 .7% (-3.5%) for the vocational baccalaureate, according to figures from the ministry.

Remedial sessions take place from Wednesday to Friday for students who have obtained a mark between 8 and less than 10. In previous years, the baccalaureate pass rate before remedial was 90.5% in 2021, 91.5 % in 2020, 77.7% in 2019, 78.8% in 2018 and 78.6% in 2017.

A year without disruption by Covid-19

This year, the tests for the new general baccalaureate took place in full, for the first time after two years disrupted by the Covid-19.

The two specialty tests taken by each candidate, however, had to be postponed from March to May and adjustments decided due to the health crisis.

“I have the baccalaureate!

I am so happy !

“, exclaimed Tuesday morning Naba, 17, in the courtyard of the Lycée Voltaire in Paris.

“My legs are shaking.

I was stressed because the philosophy in particular did not go well.

There, it's a huge relief, “said Naba, in front of the lists displayed at 10 a.m. in the courtyard of this high school in eastern Paris.

"Leaving your cocoon"

Others were less fortunate.

Nouchka, 18, is catching up.

"I expected it, because my results over the year were not very good," she explained.

“There, from this afternoon, I will go to the coal to get the baccalaureate.

It would be too bad not to have it, ”added this high school student, enrolled next year in a school of musical comedy.

At the Clemenceau high school in Nantes, where the results were posted early in the morning, a small cluster of students had formed in front of the lists of winners, with palpable emotion among some.

Maÿlis, 18, jumped for joy before hugging her friend.

"I'm happy to have my baccalaureate because I had failed two tests", says the young girl.

“I will be able to go to my film school to become a director!

".

In the center of Marseille, at the Thiers high school, a dozen high school students waited at 8:30 a.m., after having already consulted their results on the Internet.

"We are relieved, but we want to stay to celebrate together," said Lola, 18.

For senior high school students in the general, technological and professional streams, the results were published on Tuesday online or in the courtyard of the establishments in the morning.

An important moment for high school students

Even if the baccalaureate has lost its symbolic significance with the reform, the proclamation of the results remains an important moment for high school students.

“We remain attached to it because it has 200 years of history,” explained Pascale Rey du Boissieu, mathematics teacher at the Clemenceau high school in Nantes.

"For the students, this remains a key to leaving and leaving their cocoon".

Of the 709,399 candidates this year, more than half (53.7%) presented the general baccalaureate.

They are 26.2% to have passed the vocational baccalaureate and 20% the technological baccalaureate.

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