School from age of five

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8 October 2007, BRUSSELS - In a leaked memorandum on compulsory education CDH chairperson Joëlle Milquet (CDH) proposes lowering the school age from six to five.

8 October 2007

BRUSSELS - In a leaked memorandum on compulsory education CDH chairperson Joëlle Milquet (CDH) proposes lowering the school age from six to five.

The five-page unofficial text in which Miquet has set out a scenario for state reform also contains a clause on compulsory education. Three months after the government takes office a bill should be completed to lower the school age from six to five. A simple majority should suffice for this.

"This has got everything to do with the difficult integration process of children from ethnic minorities," one of the negotiators said. 

But there may be another reason too. Simultaneous with the lowering the school age, it would be possible to amend legislation with respect to educational subsidies to communities on the basis of the number of pupils, the memorandum says.

The implementation of the compulsory education from the age of five  would yield considerably more money for Francophone education, according to some sources from the Christian democrat - liberal majority.

The Flemish Minister of Education, Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A), has no problems whatsoever with the proposal. "On the contrary, I'm working at an even more stringent Flemish decree in which I want to make it compulsory for every child that starts his or her Flemish primary school education, also in Brussels, to  at least have attended a Flemish nursery school for one year," he said

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian News

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