Home schooling

Eight days after the start of the varsity 12 months, 124 college students “with out college” must register within the accessible establishments.

As every year, secondary school enrollments in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation have left some people unhappy. According to CIRI, the Online Registration Commission, today there are still 124 students on the waiting list out of 50,218 who were in the process of registering for secondary school, which is 0.2% of these students.

As usual, the situation is more pronounced in the Brussels region. Here is the exact breakdown:

  • 103 students for the Brussels-Capital region
  • 4 students in Walloon Brabant
  • 17 students in Wallonia.

Less than last year

The Office of the Minister of Education Caroline Désir specifies:For comparison, last year at the same time there were 152 students on the waiting list. Therefore the situation is better this year.“.

These “out of school” students have not actually been accepted into one of the schools of their choice, which does not mean that they do not have places available. In the Brussels region, for example, there are still 1,400 places available for 103 students still on the waiting list. They no longer have a choice: they must enroll in a school where there is room to implement compulsory education.

Before reaching this figure, CIRI proceeded in two phases. On August 25, the commission first contacted all parents who had made double registrations for their children. That is, they had a place at their second choice school but were still waiting at their first choice school. If parents chose to wait, then they lost their priority at the second choice school.

This Monday, after a week of classes, CIRI made a balance with the schools of the students who had not shown up. Therefore, the figure of 124 students still on the waiting list should not be moved and these students should now enroll in a school where places are still available.

Obstacle course

If the number of families affected by this situation decreases from year to year, their lives remain very complicated. Frédéric and his wife had chosen four schools in the Brussels region whose educational project met their expectations for their daughter Ayana. But very soon they learn that she is on the waiting list for these four elections.

The existing calculation formula penalizes us because we made the choice to switch several years ago from Woluwe-Saint-Pierre to Wezembeek-Oppem.wails Frederick. It’s crazy that this choice made ten years ago penalizes us for our children’s education“.

In institutions where the demand for enrollment exceeds the number of places available, places are allocated on the basis of a composite index calculated on the basis of various criteria, including the distance between home and secondary school, that between home and primary school or between school primary and secondary school.

Then begins for Frédéric what he calls a real obstacle course. “From October until August 30, we did everything. Daily phone calls to CIRI, e-mails, then registered letters to complete the call for a lawyer and a mediator. It takes a lot of energy, the whole family is mobilized to follow the file“, the father explains.

She was in tears and so was I

On the first day of school, her daughter is still first on the waiting list for their second choice school, but not enough to get a place. So she stays at home. Only on Friday, September 2, the good news came. Don Bosco College contacts the family to let them know: Ayana, 12 years old, finally has her place at school.

My daughter didn’t show much during this long processFrederic tells us, but yesterday morning when we went with her to school and the educators welcomed her, she was in tears and so was I.“.

The father still regrets it today: “The system does not help us, does not accompany us. We had to fight to get a place“.

A new decree that will show its effects next year

Next year, the situation should improve further. Some criteria taken into account in the composite index will indeed vary. This is the result of a new decree regulating enrollment in secondary schools approved last January.

Now there will be 8 criteria instead of 7 and their relative weight in the index will be slightly modified. Thus, the criterion of the distance between residence and primary school, at the heart of parents’ critics for years, sees its importance significantly eased in favor of the distance between the desired secondary school and residence.

For the rest, the procedure does not change much. But the registration system will be done in a more decentralized way. The Online Enrollment Commission will be replaced by the Enrollment Governance Commission (CoGI). A commission accompanied by ten Local Registration Authorities (ILIs) in each school zone to take better account of local realities. An evaluation of the new device is planned for four years, in 2026.

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