Immigrants targeted in Flemish education boost

24th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2005, BRUSSELS — The Flemish government will invest heavily in education in coming years, especially targeting immigrant youths and students who fall behind and often leave school without a diploma. However, Flemish Education Minister Frank Vandenbroucke also aims to provide top quality education to every student so that no skill is lost.

24 August 2005

BRUSSELS — The Flemish government will invest heavily in education in coming years, especially targeting immigrant youths and students who fall behind and often leave school without a diploma.
 
However, Flemish Education Minister Frank Vandenbroucke also aims to provide top quality education to every student so that no skill is lost.

Extra funding has been allocated to the Flemish government's multiple-year budget and can add up to EUR 600 million per year until 2009, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported.

Some EUR 200 million will be allocated to boost education resources, EUR 215 to fund wage rises for teachers and EUR 185 million will be used to improve school buildings, such as providing access for disabled students.

EUR 10 million will also be allocated to higher professional education institutes to boost study scholarships. The aim is to bring them to the same level as university scholarships.

"Our education is one of the world's best, except for students of immigrant descent," Vandenbroucke said, adding that ethnic youths in Flanders perform below the average attained in other industrialised nations.

"Of all immigrant school leavers, 42 percent don't have a secondary school diploma, compared with just 16 percent of school leavers of European origin," he said.

"Just 9 percent of immigrants are higher-educated compared with 40 percent of Europeans. That is unacceptable, not only because it is socially unjust, but also because we will need them soon. Our labour market will quickly dry up."

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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