Friday, 9 May 2014


The difference between native and immigrant students regarding the level of achievements has decreased in the Wallonia - Brussels Federation, but it has turned higher in Flanders. However, differences are still significant in both cases according to a study conducted by the Roi Baudouin Foundation in collaboration with the Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality Research Group, whose results were published last Thursday in the newspapers Le Soir, De Morgen and De Standaard.

The study is based on a further reading of the latest results given by the Pisa tests, the international tests made by 15 years old students in 65 countries every three years.

The 2012 Pisa study shows that the differences regarding achievement between native and immigrant students has decreased in the Wallonia - Brussels Federation, but it has turned higher in Flanders. However, differences are still significant in both cases, says Dirk Jacobs, a member of the research group.

In Belgium, these differences in performance are more closely linked to the socioeconomic and ethnic background of the students than the average for OECD countries. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or immigrant tend to achieve poorer results. The immigration factor is more important in Flanders, while the socioeconomic factors are more prominent in the French Community.

De Morgen and De Standaard emphasized that “the social mixture in a school has a greater impact on educational results than the socioeconomic status or the origin of the students. "Strong" and "weak" students should therefore be mixed in the same "good" schools so that "weak" students achieve better results”.


Source: 7sur7

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