12 Nov 2003

School leavers in New Caledonia begin baccalaureat exams

4:27 pm on 12 November 2003

Nearly two thousand students in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna began sitting their baccalaureat high school leaving examinations today.

A pass in these national French examinations is a compulsory prerequisite for students wanting to continue on with tertiary studies.

Although New Caledonia has a small university and various vocational training courses are available, after their Baccalaureat exams many young people leave the territory for universities in France.

The exams continue for two weeks.