Summary title: Petition No 0224/2017 by Kameliya Konakchieva (Bulgarian), on behalf of the Association of Bulgarian Schools Abroad, bearing 1707 signatures, on the proposal to offer end of school exams in all of the official languages of the European Union
Petition number: 0224/2017
Country: European Union
Name of association: Асоциация на българските училища в чужбина - АБУЧ
Name: Камелия Конакчиева
The petitioner requests that the EU ensures that schools in all Member States offer end of secondary school exams in all of the official languages of the EU. According to the petitioner, such a proposal would guarantee equality among all the official languages and greater mobility for families with children in secondary school. She states that there is a difference in the teaching, evaluation and recognition of language skills in different Member States and by not offering end of school exams in other European languages other than the 5 main languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian) discriminates schoolchildren whose mother tongue is one of the ‘smaller’ languages of the 24 official languages. The petitioner claims that it is important for schoolchildren whose parents have used their right to free movement so that they do not lose connection with their native language. The petitioner gives the example of the Irish and French educational systems which offer end of school exams in a number of different languages. The petitioner refers to Article 46 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) on measures required to bring about freedom of movement for workers; Article 165 (1) and (2) of the TFEU; And article 3 of the Directive 77/486/EEC on the education of the children of migrant workers.