Photo of the week: Back to school


Education minister Ben Weyts visited four schools this week as he announced further investments in secondary education

Extra €14.5 million

Flemish education minister Ben Weyts spent four days in school this week to meet teachers and pupils as he announced further investments in secondary education. Some €4.5 million extra will go to providing more spots for Dutch-language education in Brussels next year, while €10 million more will be invested in career and technical schools (BSO and TSO).

“That’s is in addition to the €500 million budget earmarked for infrastructure and extra capacity across Flanders and Brussels,” he said on Wednesday, when he sat in on a class at Sint-Jan-Berchmanscollege in Brussels (pictured). “Dutch-language education in Brussels has an excellent reputation. The discipline and focus on Dutch are essential and well-known characteristics of these schools. Between these walls, the focus must be on Dutch because that is the gateway to all other disciplines.”

Weyts also took part in a cooking class at MSKA Roeselare and lessons in mechanics and carpentry at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Halle. The extra financing for the BSO and TSO schools will go towards updating equipment to be in line with what the students will later use on the work floor.

There are 459 BSO and TSO schools in Flanders and Brussels. “We want to get the best out of these pupils,” said Weyts, “and that means having the best equipment.”

Weyts also visited a pre-school this week as he announced his proposal to introduce standardised testing for five-year-olds who speak Dutch as a second language.

Photo: Ben Weyts at Sint-Jan-Berchmanscollege in Brussels-City
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