Education still breeds excessive social inequalities

Education still breeds excessive social inequalities

Schooling in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is generating ever more, and still too many, social or ethnic inequalities. UNIA, the inter-federal centre for equal opportunities, on Monday exposed the issue, based upon its recent barometer report around diversity in education. Relying upon evidence gathered from 662 teachers and headteachers from 320 schools in the Federation, the study in particular shows that decisions made by pupil councils are still not simply motivated by pupil ability. Patrick Charlier, UNIA’s Director, confirms, “Indeed, in an unconscious fashion, on the part of teaching staff, social…

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Energy pact: cogeneration “may replace the nuclear power station”

Energy pact: cogeneration “may replace the nuclear power station”

The cogeneration sector claims that its development will be called upon in the coming years, to play an essential role in Belgium’s energy provision. Undoubtedly, the cogeneration concept is part of the overall plan for the closure of nuclear power stations, anticipated for 2025. Cogeneration power stations are currently supplying 18% of energy consumed in Belgium. They are likely to supply an additional capacity of 1,000 megawatts by 2025, according to the sector organisation Cogen. De Standaard is reporting the details of the project on Monday. The publication states that…

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German parties hope to reach coalition deal this week

German parties hope to reach coalition deal this week

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and centre-left SPD are ‘on final stretch’ of talks. Negotiators for Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD) have said they are hopeful of presenting a coalition deal on Tuesday after their talks yielded an agreement on the country’s Europe policy. The chancellor’s Christian Democrats (CDU) emerged as the strongest party in last September’s federal elections but have struggled over the last four months to find parties with whom to form a stable coalition government. “We are on the final stretch but we’re…

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