"B-level pupils can best change courses straightaway"

If pupils in secondary education get a B-level at the end of the school year, it's better to opt for different studies instead of repeating the year. This is according to research carried out at Leuven University that involved some 6,000 pupils.

Over 10 percent of the students finishing their second or fourth year in secondary education is being confronted with a B-level. This means they have the option between two things: if they stick to their present courses, they have to repeat the year, but if they want to move on, they have to opt for different studies.

The Leuven research suggests that pupils in that case can best opt for the latter. "Some may say that they opt for "a lower kind" of education, but it turns out that in most cases, this new environment fits them a lot better", researcher Carl Lamote told the VRT. And this is paying off in the long run. "At first, they have the feeling that society considers it as "going down one level", but after a while they usually feel better in their new environment. The pupils get more self-confidence and actually climb back to the personal level they used to have."