Yung-Do lives 100 meters from a highschool in Brussels, however his son was given one other “half-hour by public transport”

Yung-Do, a resident of Jette, pressed the Orange Notify Us button to condemn the registration decree system. He enrolled his son in the first high school at a school less than 100 meters from his residence, but was eventually assigned his fourth school, more than 4 km away. This father does not understand why and has the impression that the criteria of the decree have not been complied with, especially as regards geographical distance.

“I registered my son as my first election at the Collège Saint-Pierre de Jette, as I live two houses from the entrance on the first day of the registration date.e choice)! This school is more than half an hour away by public transport. Choosing an inscription order doesn’t make sense to me. “ Yung-Do contacted us in anger and misunderstanding using the orange Alert Us button.

In September next year, her son Kaname will enter the first year of high school. A decisive step in raising a young boy. Before that, however, the question of choosing a school inevitably arose. It’s the same every year: parents have three weeks in February to submit one registration form to the school of their choice. In this form, they can list up to 10 school options, sorted by preference. This is exactly what Yung-Do did and went into it directly, he tells us, on the first day of the registration period.“It’s common sense for me. It’s not like we’re waiting.”

Yung-Do and his son Kaname (© RTL INFO)

A problem ? Despite quick access, Yung-Do and her son failed to win a first-year high school spot at a school of their choice. “It was a choice of heart and reason”this father slips, disappointed for his child. “I’m disappointed because I knew this school, I wanted to go there. I thought it would be a good school for me.”, says an 11-year-old boy. Kaname also could not get a place in a school of his second choice, nor in a school of his third choice … It was in the school of his fourth choice that this student should start his high school cycle next September. “When we received the document to fill in, we were told that it was necessary to enter 5 optionsdefends Yung-Do. Since we live in Jette, we put 3 schools in Jette because it’s the most logical. Then we thought about what we would put as 4e a 5e selection. Otherwise, we would only give three. “

We were told that Mot-Couvreur was one of the least requested schools, so they put us there

The mentioned school is the Institut De Mot-Couvreur in Brussels. “In the centre of the cityKaname’s father responds. More than 30 minutes by public transport. “ If he refers to the enrollment decree and its rules, Yung-Do does not understand why his son got a place in this school. “We are still quite surprised, because there is a logistical calculation in the decree in relation to the place where we live. This is really the most remote school … I am finally glad that I did not give school to Tournai or Bastogne.” otherwise it would end there if we follow this logic. “continues.

This father tells us that he made contacts to try to understand the reason for this choice. However, the explanation given does not satisfy him at all. “They told us that Mot-Couvreur was one of the least sought after schools, so we were there.”, he is complaining. What irritates him most of all, he trusts us that he is impressed “the rules of the decree are not complied with”whereas the geographical location was clearly not taken into account here. “Kaname sees a playground from his room … She’s really right next door. I wonder what the rules are?”Yung-Do asks.

“We will have to organize differently … At a time when we are talking about ecology and non-fossil transport, we had a choice to place our child next door, which means less pollution. to go by bus, tram … And we also have to go by car when we have to pick him up from school or go to parents’ meetings “regret this father.

Brussels faces a large number of requests

Deplorable situation, which, however, remains relatively rare. in general “92% of students get the school of their choice”, informs Nicolas Naif, Chairman of the Inter Réseaux des Inscriptions (CIRI). But when we focus more on Brussels, this percentage tends to fall. “We’re not around 85% anymore”notes.

The reason ? Brussels, and especially the northwestern part of the capital, is facing “more tension in terms of requirements”the General Administration of Education in the Walloon-Brussels Federation tells us. “Despite the relatively recent opening of new facilities.” This means that schools receive a number of applications that is significantly higher than the number of vacancies. In these cases, the classification and allocation of vacancies will take place in two stages. “Initially, 80% of the highest rated or priority forms will be directly registered.”explains the president of CIRI.

In fact, the files are first classified according to priorities, “If the brother or sister is already at school, if he is a pupil with special needs or if the pupil has a parent who teaches at school”, developed by Nicolas Naif. Then according to a composite index based on 7 criteria that multiply each other. “The three main criteria are the order of preference, so the school of first choice will be evaluated, then the distance between home and elementary school and finally the distance between home and high school.”, our partner continues. The distance between the current primary school and the secondary school is also taken into account. And it is the software that takes care of cross-referencing and calculating all this data in order to display a composite index for each file. The highest composite indices clearly have a better chance of getting a place in the school of their choice.


The remaining 20% ​​of the posts will then be allocated by the Inter Network Registration Commission on the basis of the same criteria and priorities set out above. “Various requirements are analyzed and we try to place students as close as possible to their best preferences.”, assures Nicolas Naif. Unfortunately, it happens that the student ends up at the school of his fourth choice, because the schools of the second and third choice are also in great demand. Even if the student’s composite index was quite high and therefore tends to be close to the target school.

In the case of Yung-Do, her son is currently visiting the Athénée Royal Léonard De Vinci in Anderlechte, just over 5 km from the family home. Although the Collège Saint-Pierre de Jette is less than 100 meters from their home, the Institut du Mot-Couvreur scores better when it calculates the distance that separates it from the current primary school. And that counts in the balance!

As there were still vacancies in this facility, Kaname will get it at the beginning of the school year in September and join the counselor at other facilities. “It simply came to our notice then.the president of CIRI tells us. Either they accept this school and therefore give up all the facilities where they are on the waiting list. Or, as the order may change, they decide to stay on the waiting list even if they get a place in a school of their fifth choice.

Our partner specifies that parents can stay on the waiting list until June or even August, depending on certain configurations. “We were offered to be removed from the waiting lists, but that did not deter us. We remain on the waiting list for the school of first choice and logical choice.”concludes Yung-Do.

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