In the new school year, the Ministry of Education will launch a pilot project in four of the country’s primary schools, which will see some children learn to read and write in French rather than German.
Education Minister Claude Meisch provided this information in its response to a parliamentary inquiry filed by MP Martine Hansen of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV).
The primary schools of Dudelange, Schifflange, Oberkorn and Larochette will participate in the pilot project. Although every student should at some point be able to benefit from the offer, officials will first prioritize those who speak French at home or who have spent time in French-language daycares.
In his response, Minister Meisch also underlined that the trilingual character of Luxembourg will not be called into question by the project. Students who learn French first will have German added at the end of the second year, as is the case with French in the regular system. Parents can decide with their children’s kindergarten educators which course is the most suitable.
Minister Meisch concluded that the roles of the two languages will simply be reversed in the pilot project and will thus allow pupils to still apply to the same secondary schools at the end of the sixth year (“cycle 4”).