Lieven Boeve new head of catholic schools network

Summary

Lieven Boeve, the dean of theology at KU Leuven will take over as head of the influential catholic schools network in September

New director replaces Mieke Van Hecke this autumn

Lieven Boeve, the dean of theology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), has been elected as the new director-general of the catholic education network VSKO. The network is made up of schools across Brussels and Flanders, with about 700,000 students in total.

From 1 September, Boeve (pictured) will take over from Mieke Van Hecke, who has held the post since 2004. He will lead the VSKO for at least five years.

Boeve has been in his current post at KU Leuven since 2008 and also leads the university’s teacher training programme. He will remain connected to KU Leuven, where he will continue to work with PhD students.

The head of VSKO is always chosen by the Belgian Bishops’ Conference, the regulating body of the catholic church in Belgium. According to bishop Johan Bonny, who is responsible for education, Boeve “can bridge the gap between secondary and university education.”

Boeve declared that catholic education should not ignore its own identity in order to participate in the dialogue of a pluralistic society.

Lieven Boeve will follow up Mieke Van Hecke as head of the catholic schools network.

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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.
1

million school-going children in 2013

30

million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013

11

percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma