The Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation must finally approve tomorrow/Wednesday in a plenary session the draft decree for reforming the registration procedure in the first year of the secondary education cycle.
The main announcement of the rainbow majority agreement ended in 2019, this new version of the registration decree -fourth in almost 15 years- prints a number of changesbut without radical change of the mechanismwhich gives many parents a cold sweat every year.
In this way, registration procedure will remain centralized, with an identical registration period for all and a single registration form (FUI) where parents will always have to indicate their choice of school(s) for their child.
In highly coveted institutions, breaking the ties of countries it will always be based ona composite index calculated according to different criteriawhose number will increase from 7 to 8 under the new regime.
of the relative weight of these different criteria it is however somewhat modified.
In this way, home-primary school distance criterionat the center of parental criticism for years, sees its importance significantly toned down in favor of the distance between the coveted high school and home.
Enrollment priorities already in place, such as having a sibling already enrolled at the school, or a parent working there, will remain so.
Another innovation: in schools “considered incomplete”so where demand for places does not exceed supply (ie approximately 60% of schools in Wallonia and Brussels), parents will receive direct a certificate of registration when they file their FUI.
of the most obvious difference is probably the entrance ofa form of decentralization in the management of the registration system.
Indeed, Online Registration Commission (CIRI), the central body which until now has piloted and arbitrated the entire procedure, will give way in the future a new structure.
At its summit, we will now find a governing registration committee (CoGI). But this will be accompanied by ten Local Registration Authorities (ILI) in each school district to better take into account local realities, which are often very different, in terms of enrollments.
THESE ILI there will be too an information campaign for parents.
or evaluation of new equipmentwhich will come into full force for the start of the school year only in September 2023, is already planned in five years, i.e. in 2026.
Every year these are more than 50,000 children in Wallonia and Brussels which they are subject to the procedure defined by the registration decree.
Even with these adjustments, the new decree however, it will not reduce the number of students which, in each return, are said to be “unschooled” not finding a place in one of their chosen schools.