The association says it has received calls in recent days from parents to whom the schools charged energy costs to heat the classrooms.
“In the midst of the energy crisis, the situation of schools is difficult but families are also facing bills that are exploding,” insists the League of Families in a press release on Thursday.
The latter therefore urges the government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to remind schools of the rules of free education in force, to ensure via the free inspection that they are respected, and if necessary to better support schools in the face of to this rising cost.
“We understand that the situation is also difficult for schools,” said Christophe Cocu, general manager of the League. “But for the parents, it’s a double penalty: their own energy bills are skyrocketing, and some have to pay those of the schools as well! The Wallonia-Brussels Federation has provided additional budgets to help establishments cope with rising costs. If they are not sufficient, the device must be reviewed. But in no case is it acceptable to re-invoice the costs of heating or electricity from the schools to the parents”, according to him.
The phenomenon will also be present in crèches, according to the League, which reports testimonies from parents who have seen the price of their crèche sometimes increase by more than 30% to cope with rising energy costs.
“Once their child attends a crèche, it is very difficult for the parents to change it. They are therefore forced to pay each month much higher sums than they had originally planned. The Family League calls for a stricter legal framework in this area, so that crèches that do not apply the ONE fee schedule can no longer, during the course of the contract, raise their fees beyond the indexing”, concludes Christophe Cocu.