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New English school section to open in Clervaux
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New English school section to open in Clervaux

by HP 04.03.2020 From our online archive
Pupils will be able to study in English in town in the north of the country
Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux Photo: John Lamberty
Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux Photo: John Lamberty

A state-run school in the north of Luxembourg will open an English-language section from September, the fifth public school to offer such a programme as English is increasingly widely spoken in the country.

The Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux will open an English section following the European curriculum, starting with the first year of primary school, with classes taught by a British national.

The Clervaux school puts a heavy emphasis on digital technology, where English fluency is important, the education ministry said.

Luxembourg's four international schools offer education in one language - English, French or German - and follow the European curriculum rather than the local multilingual system. They were set up only two years ago, and are purposely dotted around the country.

Recruiting native English speakers has been a challenge for schools in Luxembourg. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal at the end of the year, the Grand Duchy will no longer be able to recruit British teachers into state schools because staff has to have an EU passport.

That is despite the fact that since September 2017, almost half of the teachers at the European School - set up mainly for children of EU workers - have left for state schools, where salaries are better.

There are also plans to build a new international school in Luxembourg City because of the high demand for French and English in the capital.

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