Amid challenge of homeschooling, lockdown worsens inequality between students in France

In France, schools are set to open progressively from May 11. President Emmanuel Macron said he feared that while they remained closed, there would be more and more inequality between students. Homeschooling is a challenge for most, but the problems are amplified for families in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. They have less access to technology and the parents sometimes do not speak fluent French themselves. Yena Lee and Hanane Saïdani went to one of France’s poorest regions, Seine-Saint-Denis, to see how families and educators are adapting.

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