Education reform debate continues
(CS) Education minister Mady Delvaux-Stehres has launched a website dedicated to the secondary school reform, presenting the draft bill and reaching out to opponents.
The online platform provides the current draft of the new law as well as plenty of information on the history of the reform and the Luxembourg school system.
The reform has come under sharp criticism by students and teachers alike. Students protested against the reform in November leading to a series of public forums where minister Delvaux-Stehres was made to defend her current plans.
The website also gives information on further planned meetings, such as a reunion on December 6 of students, teachers, parents and officials. Negotiations are set to continue in January and February 2012 with the bill to be presented to the Chamber of Deputies May next year.
In an effort to promote communication on the matter at hand, the website also provides the opportunity to leave comments and ask questions on the reform.
To mark the launch of the website, prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker contributed an article on the need for change in the education system. “Big reforms are always difficult. They are especially difficult when it comes to schools and education,” he writes.
Juncker continues that the reform aims to meet the changes in society and the consequences. “This isn't easy. For no one. Not for teachers. Not for students. Not for parents. Not for the minister.”