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France delays national school exams as heatwave begins

France delays national school exams as heatwave begins

A woman hydrates her son at a water of a fountain in the French eastern city of Lyon on Jun 24, 2019 as temperatures soar to 35 degrees Celsius. (Photo: AFP/PHILIPPE DESMAZES)

PARIS: The French government on Monday (Jun 24) said it was taking the unusual step of delaying national school exams scheduled for this week to protect pupils during a heatwave.

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said the Brevet national diploma exam - a key test for children aged around 14 that was set for Thursday and Friday - would be delayed until next week.

France and other European countries are bracing for record temperatures in an unusually early summer heatwave which could push thermometers over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) later in the week.

Blanquer said the exams will take place on Jul 1 and 2, when temperatures are expected to have cooled.

The decision was taken to "guarantee the security of the pupils", Blanquer added, emphasising that the timetable of the exams would otherwise remain unchanged.

Weather forecasters have said the temperatures expected later this week could be the highest in June since 1947.

Source: AFP/nh

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