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Flemish not necessarily first language for Flanders’ children http://www.brusselstimes.com/index.php/belgium/education/14642/flemish-not-necessarily-first-language-for-flanders-children Mar 25th 2019, 10:09
Flemish as the first language of Flanders’ youth is on the decline, N-VA (New Flemish Alliance) MP Vera Celis concluded, based on various parliamentary answers. In the 2017-2018 school year, 21.5% of primary school pupils in Flanders did not speak Flemish at home. Whereas it was a lower 17.6% five years earlier. The trend is the same in the secondary, where the proportion rose from 11.7% in 2012-2013 to 16.7% in 2017-2018.
The phenomenon affects all Flemish provinces. In Antwerp the mother tongue of 46% of primary school pupils is not Flemish; a third in Ghent and 28% in Ostend.
As for the Brussels outskirts, this proportion is over the 50% mark: 62% in Rodes-Saint-Genèse, 60% in Machelen, 57% in Vilvorde and 54.8% in Zaventem.
“These figures demonstrate that measures to improve the linguistic deficit of children and young people remain indispensable,” Celis said.
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