Journal of Education Policy vol:7 issue:1 pages:99-107
Belgian educational policy for secondary schools was a national matter until 1989, although the polarized structure had already given rise to some decentralization. When educational policy became the responsibility of the Communities in 1989, it became clear that each Community would deal with their problems differently, even when confronting the same problems. The Communities did not abolish the influence of the polarized structure. Analysis of four key issues of educational policy in relation to secondary schools confirms the typical approach to the problems by each community. They gave different political answers to the problems of the protection of the position of teachers, of the quality of education, and local schools administration. Only the problem of the integration of immigrant children is being tackled similarly.