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European school parents make urgent plea
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European school parents make urgent plea

13.05.2013 From our online archive
Parents of children at Luxembourg's European Schools have called on Europe's Educations Ministers and the school Board of Governors to reform the European School finance structure before it impacts on young learners.

Parents of children at Luxembourg's European Schools have called on Europe's Educations Ministers and the school Board of Governors to reform the European School finance structure before it impacts on young learners.

Interparents president Ana Gorey made the urgent plea in an open letter published on a Luxembourg school blog following an announcement that the UK would freeze teaching secondments to all European schools.

The measure was taken in protest against a failure by the school system to implement equal cost-sharing of teaching posts among member states.

Under the 2009 Stockholm agreement, the UK should only be funding 114 posts at Luxembourg's two European Schools. It is currently financing 217 teaching posts.

“We believe the Board of Governors has failed in its administrative duty to resolve this issue, thus forcing the current unacceptable position taken by the UK,” said Ms Gorey, adding: “Until this system is rectified, or substantial moves are made in the right direction, the UK will not revoke their decision.”

Ms Gorey said that the Interparents group had “some sympathy” with the motives of the UK in freezing secondments and called upon Education Ministers to step in and resolve the crisis “before the start of the next school year.”

Among the calls to action she outlined were the resolution of the cost-sharing debate and a reform of the financing of the European schools system. She also called for European Schools to be placed on the agenda of the next European Council Education meeting.

Cost distribution of the European schools is not a recent issue, according to Ms Gorey. She explained that under the 1994 Convention member states agreed to a fair distribution of posts at the European schools. She added that the 2009 Stockholm reform, however, “failed to produce any improvement in the poor distribution of costs between the member states.”

The UK is thought to be one of eight member states over-seconding teachers in relation to the number of nationals enrolled in the European schools system. Under UK plans to freeze secondments for the 2013-2014 school year, the school will be left with 40 posts non-seconded.