Wednesday, October 21, 1998 Published at 19:18 GMT 20:18 UK
Extra teachers and money for French schools
Mr Allegre's announcement in Parliament reflected Mr Jospin's (left) government sympathy for the students' cause
The French government has announced a series of measures to improve conditions in schools following three weeks of nationwide protests by students.
The government has also promised to reduce class sizes and to give students a bigger say in decision-making.
The BBC Paris Correspondent, Stephen Jessel says the campaign by hundreds of thousands of teenage students has won substantial concessions from the French government, which had always said that it sympathised with their cause.
Student representatives said they would resume protests if they saw no sign of change.
Two of the main teachers' unions said the measures were positive but insufficient.
The Federation of National Education called on the minister to "go further" while the Teachers' Union asked for additional funds for the education budget.
A 'two-speed education system'
The high school student movement first emerged three weeks ago in the south of France and quickly spread throughout the country.
Tens of thousands of students and teachers have joined rallies in all major cities.
With French unemployment at more than 11% students say they stand little chance of graduating or finding jobs after being crammed into overcrowded and dilapidated classrooms with outdated learning facilities.
"We don't simply want more funding and more facilities," Olivia Jean, head of the independent FIDL students' association, told French television.
"The protest goes deeper than that. We want all pupils to be able to graduate, we want an end to inequality in schools, [an end] to a two-speed education system."