At a time when Brussels schools are feeling the strain of the demographic boom, the Brussels Statistics Institute (Institut bruxellois de statistiques, IBSA) has revealed that more than 36,000 pupils who live outside Brussels attend schools in the capital. They mostly live in the Flemish outskirts. On the other hand, only 8,700 children from Brussels go to schools outside the capital, La Capitale said on Thursday. For the 2012-13 school year, the last school year available, 240,342 children were at secondary, primary or nursery school in the Brussels region. 204,248 (85%) live in the Brussels region and 31,351 (13%) live in the Flemish region. Only 4,743 (2%) live in Wallonia.
Between 2009 and 2012, the Brussels school population went up, with 7% increase in Brussels pupils and a 1% increase in pupils coming from the Flemish region. The number of young Walloons went down (-8%). “It is difficult to find a place in Brussels schools, especially secondary”, says Anne Franklin (IBSA). “Because of this, Brabançon Walloons look elsewhere, sometimes to other provinces as far away as Namur”.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)