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Aibhistín Ó Coimin verbally abuses parents

Verbal abuse is the style of assistant deputy director for secondary Aibhistín Ó Coimin when he talks with the parents. During online meetings, he screams, threatens, and abuses parents if they don’t agree with the school’s policy of discrimination against minorities.

Why is school administration so nervous

The reason is that they are mistreating SWALS pupils. Each year they make it harder to learn their mother tongue. They are reducing the number of hours of mother tongue, they are combining classes (for example for S7 and S6 or S1 and S2…). Despite repeated warnings from pedagogical staff that it is impossible to properly prepare students for BAC with fewer hours.

When parents complain they play dumb and pretend it’s a big surprise for them although the parents association warns them each year.

Also, it is against the rules set up by the Board of governors and it was pointed out to them by the Secretary-general of European schools, although he was the one who pushed with such action in the beginning until another parent from another European school last year requested action and informed responsible in European Institutions.

Mismanagement of public money?

They present lowering hours and joining classes for SWALS as a savings exercise but on the other hand, Mr Marcheggiano managed to add another highly paid deputy director post to all European schools. Although those financial directors don’t contribute to the better efficiency and accuracy of how they all spend public money since you receive a negative opinion from the Court of Auditor each and every year. Even European Commission is voting again discharge of yearly accounts.

European school Luxembourg 2 had a budget of 30.618.711,00€ for the fiscal year 2020-2021 and cost per pupil 11.483,00€. This amount is in the middle range of other European schools.

European school Luxembourg 2 spent in 2020 23.335.379,00€ for Salaries (second staff, locally recruited teachers and education support. They spent only 823.362,00€ on educational support which is 2,67% of the whole budget.

Actual costs for extra teachers who could help improve mother tongue teaching for SWALS would cost around 40.000,00€. This should be feasible with such a huge budget.

The goal of European schools is to teach children in their mother tongue.

Despite that goal, the administration of Mamer school and Office of the Secretary-general are neglecting this important point and prefer to have bigger and more expensive administration then provide excellent education to all the pupils.

They are forgetting that they are all public servants and are spending public money so whatever they do can be and has to be scrutinized publicly.

However, they are well aware of things that are wrong with the European school system and one of them is Secretary-General and directors not being accountable for their actions.

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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

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