Education network considers fewer branches of studies


The Flemish Network of Catholic Secondary Education has proposed combining some branches of study in secondary schools to improve transparency

VVKSO wants to combine some areas of study

During a meeting in Mechelen with schools boards and heads on Monday evening, the Flemish Network of Catholic Secondary Education (VVKSO) presented its suggestions to reduce the number of branches of study in secondary education. The purpose is to examine how the structure can be made more transparent with measures that don’t require a decree from the government.

Currently, the final two years of secondary education alone count more than 150 study concentrations. Analyses show that most students in the general studies of economics-modern languages, for instance, go on to successfully complete a Bachelor’s degree. But this is also the case for students that follow business sciences or accounting in technical education. VVKSO suggests uniting these students in one concentration called economy and society.

VVKSO director-general Mieke Van Hecke confirms that many schools are already taking concrete steps in this direction. For certain changes, however, a government decree is required.

The Flemish Catholic Education Network has proposed combining some study branches in secondary schools to improve transparency.

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Educational system

The Flemish educational system is divided into two levels: primary (age six to 12) and secondary school (12 to 18). Education is compulsory for children between the ages of six and 18.
Types - There are three educational networks in Flanders: the Flemish Community’s GO! network, and publicly funded education – either publicly or privately run.
Not enough space - In recent years, Flemish schools have been struggling with persistent teacher shortages and a growing lack of school spaces.
No tuition fees - Nursery, primary and secondary school are free in Flanders.

million school-going children in 2013


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