Pupils face detention for speaking French
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)