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French teachers to get pay rise, pupils Arabic lessons
France's Education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has announced plans to boost teachers' pay in a bid to make their profession more attractive. Belkacem also wants school kids to become more fluent in foreign languages. However, one language in particular- Arabic - has sparked controversy.
One billion euros is the amount the government is promising to try and tackle France's dearth of teachers by 2020.
Staff in the country's infamous "priority education zones", on the outskirts of Paris and other big cities are likely to benefit most from the promised pay rise.
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