Tuesday 24 October 2017

Pupils face detention for speaking French

Bruno Waterfield in Brussels

CHILDREN are being punished with detention and compulsory language lessons if caught speaking French in the playground of a primary school in a Flemish-speaking suburb of Brussels.

One father attacked the policy at Sint-Pieterscollege because it threatened to punish children for a conflict between French and Dutch-speaking adults tussling for political control of Belgium. "This is linguistic wickedness," he said.

Two-fifths of the school's pupils are French-speaking and their parents have been told they can no longer speak the same language they use at home. "You have chosen a Dutch school. For children who speak another language at home, there is no easy way out," the letter said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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