Several activists from the Brussels regional CSC-Education met with the minister in her cabinet on Friday afternoon to express their deep fears about the consequences of the announced reform, in particular in the Brussels region, very close to Flanders.
According to the Christian union, the desynchronization of school calendars in Brussels and Flanders will indeed have a significant impact for teachers who work in the two Communities, but also for teachers who work in both compulsory and higher education, including the timetable will not be adapted either.
For the CSC, the envisaged reform also raises many questions concerning an adaptation of the public transport offer to and to Brussels (Stib, De Lijn, SNCB), but also for the holidays of the management teams, the CPMS, as well as than in extra-curricular activities (scout camps, etc.). Some young people from Brussels go to school in French, but have extra-curricular activities in Dutch.
According to Fabrice Pinna, permanent secretary of the CSC-Education of Brussels, Minister Désir indicated on Friday that she was ready to postpone the entry into force of her reform (normally scheduled for the start of the 2022 school year, editor’s note) if Flanders is showed willingness to follow suit.
Questioned by Belga, Mrs. Désir specifies Friday evening that she does not intend to wait for the other two communities to align themselves to apply the reform of the rhythms.
Nevertheless, “if the other Communities announce a desire to carry out a similar reform very quickly, it could be a point of negotiation”, she adds.
Friday morning, delegates from the CSC-Education of Liège-Verviers had woken up Minister-President Pierre-Yves Jeholet (MR) at his home in Herve to denounce the lack of consultation within the framework of the envisaged reform.
According to these delegates, Mr. Jeholet assured them that they would not want to rush things if the reform was not ready enough. In this hypothesis, it would be better to postpone the changes to September 2023, the Minister-President told them.
The reform envisaged by the FWB plans to double, from September 2022, the duration of the All Saints and Carnival holidays, but to shorten the summer holidays to 7 weeks. The start of the school year would thus take place at the end of August, the school year ending at the beginning of July.