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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

The European School Non-Discrimination Campaign has raised the issues with the Luxembourg Equality Authority, but it refuses to recognise the category of language discrimination. We have raised them with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, but they have looked away, claiming it is beyond their jurisdiction. We have raised it with the Commission, which has pointed the finger at the Luxembourg representative in the Board of Governors. We have raised it with the unions, but they are unable or unwilling to take a strong stance on the matter: the representatives are divided due to disinterest and the vested interests of those who have children at Lux I or property near Mamer. We have raised the issues with the parent-teacher association, but that is in general disarray and has become hopelessly compromised.

Clearly there is a need for an independent association to represent the interests of parents and children who have been adversely affected by the school’s discriminatory policy. This association should reach out, not only to Lux II parents, but also to the many families whose children have been forced out of the school and who are now burdened with extra costs and inconvenience as a result. Many Lux I parents have also been prejudiced by the mismanagement and deteriorating standards and options offered by the school and are also seeking alternatives to the European School system.

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960