Despite 500 new places being created in Brussels Dutch-language primary education, there is still a severe shortage of spaces with nearly 3,000 children not securing a school place, the Local Consultation Platform for Brussels primary education reports.
6,161 files were submitted by parents who wanted to enrol their child in Dutch-language primary education in Brussels for the next school year.
Only 3,164 children received a positive confirmation with almost half (2,997) left without a spot. Efforts are currently underway to increase availability but much more needs to be done. The issues have been compounded by an acute shortage of teaching staff.
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2,521 siblings of pupils already in primary education were admitted to the same schools. However, 353 children were unable to attend the same school as their older brother or sister due to a lack of space.
The Local Consultation Platform for Brussels primary education reports that there are also many children who are changing schools, so their places will become available when their applications succeed.