The Education Ministry wanted at least half of the country's schools to start a 4 1/2-day week. Tuesday's survey from the SNUipp teachers union indicates that only 22 percent of schools will do so. The other schools will keep the old schedule for at least another year.
French schools now have Wednesdays and weekends off. Officials say children have fewer class days than their counterparts in Europe or the Americas—144 days compared with an annual average of 187—but have longer days—from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.