Low registration and transferrals out of 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.

In the latest meetings of parent representatives with the school authorities there has been an implied admission that the school, as currently organised, is facing issues of viability. The rate of registration of new children to Lux II is so low that the school now wants imagesto radically change the rules of registration, ‘forcing parents with kids in the DE, FR and EN sections to send their kids to Lux II, except in certain circumstances.’

But remember, black is white. There is no disadvantage to having your children at Lux II, and certainly nothing that can’t be fix with a good mobility plan. Don’t ask why Lux II has to force ever wider categories of children to use the school, or why the school needs an increased percentage of non-EU institution staff children, or why the Luxembourg government is so concerned about whether it can deal with the influx of educational refugees from the European School.

And there is no favoritism for workers from the Baltic Rim countries and discrimination against those between the borders of Poland and Bulgaria. To point out this difference of treatment is just not nice. It is what Orwell called crimethink – and there is a palpable fear that you could lose your precarious contract (or teaching) job, or risk individual discrimination of your child, if you dare question the wisdom or fairness of authoritarian decisions made at an inter-institutional level. We dared to raise the self-evident issue of discrimination with the Complaints Board, for which they are now fining us EUR 1000 (see attached letter from Mr Kivinen).


  1. I note, with a certain amusement, Mr Kivinen’s head rearing again in this matter now all that was predicted is coming to pass. Those who were not here in those days may not know that he was one of the two people responsible for producing the pretend (to avoid a worse word) statistics that were used to justify putting the Itaian and Greek sections in Mamer. Statistics that the then head publicly admitted were meaningless.

    Some people relly have no sense of shame.

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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