Données sociales : La société française - 2006 ed.
Paths in secondary education between 1996 and 2002: inconsistent academic results
At the beginning of the 21st century, 68% of young people left secondary education having continued their studies until the end of the high school. At the other end of the scale, 6% left school with no recognised qualification. Inconsistent results across regional educational authorities can be explained by the range of study courses available, but they are also dependent on the pupil's socioeconomic background, which determines his/her direction and school career. Most commonly parents want their children to follow vocational training at the end of high school in the regional educational authorities to the north of the Loire - with the exception of Brittany and Île-de-France where working families are in the majority. Conversely, families favouring a general or technological post-secondary education tend to be comfortably off and mainly located to the south of the Loire. Requests for vocational training, however, are generally well received by educational establishments.