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Hello !

I wonder what the procedure is here in Belgium for the following situation. I am a newcomer, so I don't know what the custom is.

My daugther has been struggling with math for some time. In fact, she got terrible grades :-( So, I decided I would do her homework for her. I am happy to say, her grades have since improved a lot. However, in a couple of weeks there will be a school test - and obviously I can not take it for her. In my country, this is usually not a problem - however each school has a different custom.
In some schools you either give an envelope to the teacher directly, but in other schools it is the custom to give it to the Head Master of the school, who then will share it with all the teachers. Normally you can find out, by asking some other families who have kids who attend the school.

However, I don't know any of the other families that well, so I don't know who to ask - so I thought I would start here :-)

What would you say is the common way here in Belgium?

Thank you in advance for your help


Here the typical custom is to go above the school and give the envelope directly to the schools inspector from the ministry of education. They will then distribute as necessary to the appropriate people. Ask at the school office for their contact details.

Sep 14, 2021 09:31

Thanks - OP here. @Anon - Really? In my homecountry people are usually adviced against doing this, as some Inspectors can cause a lot of trouble when this happens. Have you done this? How was the reaction ?

Sep 14, 2021 10:42

Here it's the opposite, the corruption starts at the top and trickles down. A teacher or headmaster would get in trouble for not including their superior in the deal. Best go with the inspector first.

Sep 14, 2021 11:11

@ANON - I am sorry, but I am confused. What do you mean by corruption ? I am not a politician....

Sep 14, 2021 11:30

> What do you mean by corruption ?
Corruption is bribing public officials. It is not restricted in any way to politicians.

Your daughter will eventually come up against publicly administered exams. You will not be able to cheat these. She will fail.

The only way to stop your daughter from becoming a failure is to get her additional maths help. Official schools here have teams of psychologists and social workers who help with problems (PMS in the French system). Talk to them.

Sep 14, 2021 15:48

An envelope containing what?!
You need to be making an appointment with your kids' maths teacher to go and see what can be done. If she can't do her homework, either she needs extra help so she can actually learn, or alternatively the homework is completely inappropriate. Both need a conversation with the school.....

Sep 17, 2021 16:38