Enrollment in secondary education: the new Enrollment decree definitively validated tomorrow

Flagship announcement of the rainbow majority agreement completed in 2019, this new version of the Inscriptions decree – the fourth in nearly 15 years – prints a series of modifications, but without radical change of the mechanism, which gives each year a few cold sweats to many parents.

Thus, the registration procedure will remain centralized, with an identical registration period for all and a single registration form (FUI) where parents must always make known their choice of school (s) for their child.

New registration criteria

In highly coveted establishments, the ranking of places will always be based on a composite index calculated according to various criteria, the number of which will drop from 7 to 8 in the new regime.

The relative weight of these different criteria is however somewhat modified.

Thus, the distance home-primary school criterion, at the heart of criticism from parents for years, sees its importance significantly reduced in favor of the distance between the coveted secondary school and home.

Enrollment priorities already in place, such as having a sibling already enrolled in the school, or a parent working there, will remain so.

Decentralization in the management of registrations

Another novelty: in schools “deemed incomplete”, that is to say where the demand for places does not exceed the supply (i.e. around 60% of schools in Wallonia and Brussels), parents will directly receive a certificate. registration when filing their FUI.

Perhaps the most significant change is the introduction of a form of decentralization in the management of the registration system.

Indeed, the Inter-Network Enrollment Commission (CIRI), the central body which until now piloted and arbitrated the entire procedure, will give way in the future to a new architecture.

At its top, there will now be an Enrollment Governance Commission (CoGI). But this will be accompanied by ten Local Enrollment Authorities (ILI) in each school basin in order to better take into account the local realities, often very different, in matters of enrollment.

These ILIs will also have an information mission for parents.

Review in five years

An evaluation of the new system, which will come into full force for the start of the school year in September 2023 only, is already planned in five years, that is to say in 2026.

Each year, more than 50,000 children in Wallonia and Brussels are subject to the procedure defined by the Enrollment decree.

Even with these adaptations, the new decree will not, however, reduce the number of pupils who, at each start of the school year, are said to be “without school” for lack of having found a place in one of the schools of their choice.

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