Big shortage of places in Flemish schools in Brussels

The shortage of school places in Flemish primary schools in Brussels is reaching alarming proportions. In January 5,000 children were registered seeking a place for next school year, but at present there are only places for 2,800 places available.

Parents looking for a place for their child in a Flemish primary school in Brussels were able to register via the internet last January. 5,133 parents said that they were looking for a place for their child, while only 3,082 places are available.

Last Wednesday parents were told whether there registration was successful: 2,331 parents received a positive answer, while a solution still needs to be found for 2,802 children.

The shortage of places is most pronounced in kindergarten. It's easier to find a place in some municipalities than in others: Sint-Joost-ten-Node, Evere and Schaarbeek are the boroughs where it's most difficult to find a place with only 30% of children being allotted a place.

The problem may seem greater than it is as many applicants are already going to school in another Flemish school in the capital. Walentina Cools of the Local Consultation Platform: "Some 550 children already go to a Flemish school. When a new school is found for them, this will free up places elsewhere."