Lycée Michel Lucius, pictured, has hosted an English section since 2011
Complaints by some teaching staff at International Lycée Michel Lucius that they do not have the necessary language skills to teach classes in English have been dismissed by Luxembourg’s education minister.
The secondary school has hosted an English section since 2011, and will open an international primary school in Belair this month.
Concerns were raised by staff and communicated via the SEW/OGBL union that the tasks being asked of them were beyond their capacities.
Responding to a parliamentary question on the matter, Claude Meisch said: “staff giving lessons in English do have the required linguistic competencies and the management will only ask teaching staff to take on such roles if they have expressed a desire and willingness to do so.”
The minister further said that training will be offered in languages and in the teaching method of A-levels.
In a press release published in July, the SEW/OGBL union complained that the minister had not taken into consideration the complaints of teaching staff, which had led to an increase in the number of transfer requests. Furthermore, it said that the burden on staff was impacting how the school operated and risked deteriorating the situation further following the opening of the feeder English primary school.