Lycée students in Limpertsberg. The petition has not specified where in the centre of the country the new school should be located.
Photo: Sven Becker
international school petition
An online petition urging the government to establish a public international school in the centre of the country is falling short of signatures.
Public petition no.653 was submitted to the Chambre des Députés website on 10 May and closes on Tuesday 5 July. But it has so far only managed to attract fewer than 600 signatures, well short of the 4,500 required to oblige the relevant parliamentary committee to meet the petitioners and hear their case.
The petition calls for a school following the model of the school that will open in Differdange this September. “The school's mission is to educate and to train students coming from different countries,” reads the petition text. “It provides a multicultural and multilingual education. Unlike European schools currently established in Luxembourg, it is open to all students, without registration fees. Special attention is paid to the idea of ‘Europe’, to the education to the mutual respect among different cultures and to its being opened to the external world.”
Students will be able to choose their primary language at the school from among French, German, English and Portuguese, and a secondary language from French, German and English. Luxembourgish is mandatory and lessons will be provided for all primary school and lower class of high school students, the preparatory path and reception classes.
There are already two public schools in the capital that allow students to complete their secondary school education in English. International classes at the Athénée follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, while the curriculum for students in the English stream at the Lycée Michel Lucius sees them taking international GSCEs followed by A levels.
In addition, two private schools--the International School of Luxemburg and St George’s International School--offer students the International IB and A levels respectively.