she leaves at 5 a.m. (to still be late for school) and returns home at 9:30 p.m.

Tomorrow is the first day of school. While some children will be dropped off by their parents in front of their school doors, others will have less luck. Sometimes, going to school is indeed a real obstacle course. This is the case of Emma, ​​12 years old. She lives with her parents in Vilvoorde and is enrolled in a school 30 kilometers away, in Buggenhout.

30 kilometers that seem… 10 times more, because to get to school, Emma will get up at 5.45 am and will take… 4 hours. It must be said that Emma’s situation is a bit special. She has to go to a specialized establishment and has no choice but to go to Buggenhout.

Due to somewhat special circumstances at the moment, a bus from the company De Lijn takes care of the transport of the pupils. And Emma’s case is not the most serious. “According to De Lijn’s new scheme, the first pupils are picked up at 5 am and are dropped off at home at 9.30 pm in the evening. It is not tenable ”, regrets Jolien Roef, the director of the establishment. And the worst part is that if the scheme is followed, the bus arrives… an hour late for school. “Arriving at 9:50 am when the lessons have started an hour ago, it is impossible to respect a lesson plan”, adds the director to our colleagues at Nieuwsblad.

The situation is totally surreal since there is even a student who lives 10 kilometers from the school and who takes three hours to arrive.

Local authorities have been informed and deplore the situation. The cabinet of Ben Weyts, the Flemish Minister of Education was aware of the situation and is in contact with De Lijn to find a solution.


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