Auvid Momen has been curious about all the excitement surrounding the exams that
have been going on this month. She has looked into the system of
national exams that crowns every successful program in France's system of
secondary education. The "baccalaureate" exams are by subject and take
place at the end of the last two years in high school. The exams are
separated by subject -- math, French, philosophy, history, foreign languages,
etc -- and they are graded anonymously be specially trained evaluators.
The grades determine whether and where students can go on to college.
After the regular exams, there is a brief window for "rattrappage" -- the
chance to get extra points by doing extra work. The prize at the end is
entry into a good, or at least average, state university. Auvid
interviewed Mademoiselle Camille Martinez, who went through this process last
year and is now at the Unversity of Nantes. Camille is scandalized by
the rising cost of higher education in France. This year she has to pay
a full 300€ for a year's tuition -- that's nearly
350 dollars ! ! !