Although France has some of the most qualified teachers in the world, fewer than one in four teachers feel "well-trained" in classroom management.
French classes lack rigor, student attention and teacher training. That's more or less the conclusion of an OECD international survey of 260,000 teachers in 48 countries, published on Wednesday, June 19, and named Talis.
Seven and a half days of lessons lost each year
The report, retransmitted by The Parisian, is as follows: For every hour of class, teachers at French colleges spend an average of ten minutes to ask for silence, to take off a cap or to confiscate a cell phone. Ten minutes lost for each course compared to just seven minutes in other OECD countries. As a result, French high school students lose, on average, seven and a half days of classes each year.
One conclusion that may surprise, while France can count on teachers "Among the most qualified in the world", according to Karine Tremblay, project manager at Talis. Only 55% of them say they have been trained in "Practice or class management"compared with an average of 72% for colleagues in OECD countries. Finally, they are only 22% to say to themselves "Well prepared" in this area.
"The first job of a teacher is often the hardest he will have"
And for good reason, younger teachers, less experienced in classroom administration than the older ones, are usually assigned to the more difficult institutions that their experienced peers tend to run away from. "They are immersed in an environment that, for 60% of them, they have never experienced before", indicates in Parisian Alain Billate, national secretary of the Snes union, in charge of training issues. "In France, the first job as a teacher is often the hardest thing he has to do in his career"Karine Tremblay abounds.
The situation is even worse in sensitive neighborhoods. In French colleges with more than 30% of socially disadvantaged children, time lost by teachers rises to 17 minutes per class.