Vindictive Per Frithiofson declines to share information

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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.

School director of European school Luxembourg 2 Per Frithiofson doesn’t want to share important information about school transport with parents. This breaks with a 68-year-old tradition and is based on the school director’s personal resentment.

ATSEEE starts with enrollment

As each year in May, ATSEEE started with enrollment for school transport for the school year 2021-2022. All the parents, who are already using ATSEEE services,  received an email with important information on enrolling their children for the next school year.

This practice dates back to 68 years, in the year 1953, when the first European school Luxembourg opened. The same year ATSEEE was created on 25.09.1953 and started working and organising school transport for European school. Such close collaboration between parents association and school administration allows ATSEEE to organise school transport efficiently and provides transport to as many children as possible.

As each year, both schools were asked to pass this information to all the parents in schools. European school Luxembourg 1 did it immediately, but European school Luxembourg 2 didn’t.

Per Frithiofson blocks informing parents

So he decided that the Word file ATSEEE prepared and already shared with their clients and Luxembourg 1 school cannot be shared with parents of Luxembourg 2 school. His reasoning is because the text might include personal data and the school can’t share this information without having a non-disclosure agreement with ATSEEE.

Per Frithiofson words are: I’m trying to keep an arm’s length distance to possible breaches of the GDPR. Every time we have been reported for such it is extremely time-consuming for the staff at school regardless of the outcome.

Basically, he’s blaming others for reporting illegal activities in the school he’s leading and doesn’t care about the fact that the school is still not ready for General Data Protection Regulation that was implemented on 25.05.2018.

The incriminating text is the follow

Dear parents,

Please be informed that enrolments for the school year 2021/2022 for the ATSEEE school buses (Lines 70 to 87) will start on Monday 03.05.2021 and will close on 01.06.2021.

Enrolment is only needed for lines 70 to 87. Based on the actual enrolments, the network is adapted every year. Please note that you have the opportunity to register for an existing line and/or you can request a new stop. Wherever possible, ATSEEE will do its best to satisfy the requests for new bus stops.

No enrollment is needed for lines 114 to 228B and the buses provided by the nearby Communes of Mamer and Bertrange.

And below are versions in French and German. At the end is the link to the ATSEEE website.

No personal data in text

As you can see, it includes zero personal data. Furthermore doesn’t request any personal data collection from the school.

It is interesting to see that the school director doesn’t allow informing parent about school transport for the next school year, while is willing to promote, many times, sailing trips where there are actual consequences (health and financial) for the school, parents and children when participants came back with COVID-19. I guess the school has a non-disclosure agreement with the club, too—especially not to disclose risks to the school’s community.

European school Luxembourg 1 shared the same document the same day. How is it possible that the school from the same system, with the same boss (secretary-general of European schools), with the same data protection officer and the data protection rules, had no problem sharing this document but for you, is unacceptable?

What is a vindictive person like?

A person described as vindictive is usually someone who holds a grudge and always tries to get back at people they think have wronged him somehow. Vindictive people retaliate against others for any insult or perceived slight. Vindictive people do not let things go, as is the case with the director of the European school.

The cause of Per Frithiofson’s resentment is my work on European School’s illegal personal data collection. He thinks he is being mistreated and wronged because of his incompetence to fix the GDPR problem.

The qualities of school director

Vindictive, resentful, juvenile, all these are not the qualities you would expect from a school director in a European school.

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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