The percentage of children in Flemish nursery and primary education with a different home language than Dutch has increased significantly over the past ten years. A decade ago 16% of the children that attended Flemish nursery school and 12% of the children in primary schools spoke a langue other than Dutch in the home.
The Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts (nationalist) says that he intends to redouble efforts to ensure that all children in our schools have a sound knowledge of Dutch. He added that he intends to do this be screening all children that attend nursery schools on their Dutch language skills.
The Education Minister also calls on parents to speak Dutch with their children outside of school during the evenings and the weekends.
"The results of the PISA study show that the gap between children with Flemish and those with foreign roots narrows by half once a family with foreign roots starts to speak Dutch at home”, Mr Weyts added.