Important transport problems – European school Mamer

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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.

Dear Mrs Laatu,

As you kindly asked me the last time we met, I would like to inform you that my children have been late all the days of this week, especially two days they were very late because they arrived at 9 o’clock.
Their teachers made very unpleasant comments and in my point of view, completely unjustified because it was a question of school transport and not my children’s fault.
This morning, I decided to drive them to school as my daughter has an important test in mathematics and she was deeply nervous about the prospect of being late.
It is not possible for me or my husband to go to school every morning. I have noticed that further changes for line 77 are also being considered and I hope that a solution will be found.

May I suggest to you to split the bus line into two parts: one for Bonnevoie and the other for Howald instead of having two buses going the same way?
I was very angry when I realized this morning that there were only two children on the bus for Kirchberg. My children are French and I would like to remind you that the Administration of the school decided to put them in the new school in Mamer when they were only in maternel and primary ten years ago.
We fought against the vertical split but we did not succeed. Finally, we have accepted and respected the rules based on geographic criteria to move to Mamer: we live in Howald in the south of Luxembourg and our children were sent automatically to the Mamer school.
Sometimes I wonder how is it possible to explain that French people who live in Bridel or Strassen have their children in the Kirchberg school on the principle of geographic criteria? But never mind…
Now the question of fairness is that the administration of the school promised to offer a convenient school transport system as the lucky french parents living in Bridel, Strassen have for their kids.

As I said openly in different meetings, I do not agree with the opinion that we cannot modify the Kirchberg budget concerning buses. I insist on reminding you that there are priorities to respect and Mamer school’s students have no choice: they need a school transport which is secure and punctual because it is absolutely impossible for their parents to bring them to school.

To conclude, I would add that I have experienced the train but the platform is full of young students and teenagers who are much too numerous for this small place and always pushing.
Please, take into account that it is dangerous and that something should be done urgently before there is an accident. You can also test the train just to consider the situation…

I am confident in the new school and I know that the arrivals/departures of the buses at/from the school in Mamer are secured and controlled. I am grateful for all what you have done and continue to do regarding the teachers’ team and organisation in general. I hope we can find for our children a balanced solution regarding punctuality, time spent during transport and fatigue.
If not that will be the best proof that there are different treatments compared to Kirchberg.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Valérie Montebello-Demogeot

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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