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Authorities in the Alps Northeast of Grenoble France has threatened to close down a class of a rural primary school due to the dwindling number of pupils.
The new development spurred a local farmer resident in the area to enroll 15 sheep at the French primary school in an effort to savage the situation and to boost pupil numbers. BBC reports.
Michel Girerd decided to symbolically register some of his ewes.
Jules Ferry school in Crêts-en-Belledonne has witnessed a decline in the number of pupils in class, the numbers fall from 266 to 261.
The new pupils includes Shaun, Baa-bete and Dolly .
Herder Mr Girerd showed up with 50 of his livestock outside the school for a special ceremony to usher in the new in take,the ceremony was attended by some 200 teachers, pupils and officials.
The Mayor of the town, Jean-Louis Maret questioned the “annoying threshold logic” which could prompt such a class closure, while he was presented with their birth certificates of the ewes.
School children at the event held signs reading, “We are not sheep”.
A Concerned parent Gaelle Laval said “Now we shouldn’t have any closures,” she was of the opinion that the education system was not setting its priority right, “not concerned with the arguments on the ground, just numbers”.