Changes in Belgian school calendar


School holiday dates in Flemish and French-speaking schools in Belgium will be harmonised.

New decree has been lodged this week to the Wallonia-Brussels parliament.

Now some holidays in Flemish and French-speaking schools have different dates and this affects families in Brussels and the nearby suburbs who have children in both school systems.

The anomaly arose because the current wording of the law requires schools in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to have between 181 and 183 days of class per academic year.

The new decree would change the number of required school days to between 180 and 184, thus allowing greater flexibility in holiday planning. The text will be examined at committee phase shortly before being debated in parliament itself.


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