Higher education: no complete reform of the academic calendar for two years at best

“In any event, the year 2023-2024 will at best constitute a year of transition towards a complete reform”, indicated Valérie Glatigny (MR), questioned by several deputies in committee of the Parliament of the Federation on the progress of the reflection.

This summer, a working group made up of representatives of the various players in French-speaking higher education agreed on several initial areas of reform of the calendar, with in particular an anticipation of the start of the academic year from the end of August, versus mid-September now.

Harmonization of leave

A consensus had also been formed there to harmonize the winter holidays with those of compulsory education and to offer real periods of rest to teachers and students, the winter and spring holidays being today very often devoted to blockade.

The working group had also agreed on the introduction in the future of a real break between two academic years.

But these first elements of the reform of the calendar had then provoked here and there contrasting questions and reactions, now pushing Minister Glatigny to be more cautious about the nature of the reform as well as its calendar.

Last month, it had also announced that a “broad consultation” on the changes envisaged would be organized as soon as the contours of the reform of the calendar have been decided by the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES).

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