The new Enrollment decree has been definitively validated by the Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

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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 in the mechanism for determining places in the most coveted schools.

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.

In establishments where the demand for enrollment exceeds the supply, the allocation 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.

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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.

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.

An evaluation of the new system 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, which gives many parents a cold sweat at the start of each school year.

The text was approved Wednesday evening by 62 yes (the majority PS-MR-Ecolo) against 23 no (the whole of the opposition PTB-cdH-DéFI).

However, parents who currently have children in the sixth year of primary should be reassured: the reform will only apply for the most part for the 2023-2024 school year only.

For the next school year (2022-2023), it is therefore the methods in place for ten years that will be applied.

The registration procedure for the next school year will also begin on February 14 and extend until March 11.

However, this will already be simplified this year in schools in Wallonia and Brussels, which have not recorded any waiting list for the past three years.

In these schools, the deposit of the FUI must always be done by the parents, but they will immediately receive a registration certificate in order useful for their child.

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