education

Jan 18 '17 08:55

King Willem-Alexander emphasized the importance of cooperating with NATO, the United Nations and Europe in his traditional New Year's speech on Tuesday. According to him, "a highly developed country like the Netherlands can not be indifferent to developments in the wider world", AD reports. 

Peace, freedom, stability and prosperity don't just happen, the King said. "Without our international partners it is simply impossible. It is therefore good if our voice continues to be heard in Europe, the UN, NATO and everywhere people think past their borders." 

Jan 17 '17 16:55

The Netherlands came in 7th place on the Inclusive Development Index (IDI), which was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Monday. The IDI was developed as an alternative to measuring a country's growth by only looking at its gross domestic product.

Sven Annen, leader of LAKS
Jan 16 '17 16:45

The Dutch national action committee for school pupils LAKS plan to take part in the parliamentary elections on March 15th. They feel that the current political parties aren't up to the task of stopping the negative developments in education, NOS reports. Sven Annen will be party leader for LAKS.

Tharukshan Selvam
Jan 12 '17 10:04

The Heerlen police arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College's director, teachers and students received threats in response to the on Sunday, AD reports.

Jan 11 '17 07:34

By the end fo this year, Dutch universities must employ 100 more female professors than they do now, Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Sciende orered. She is making 5 million euros available over the next 5 years to attract suitable female candidates, the Volkskrant reports.

This is on top of previous agreements on appointing 200 female professors  by 2020. "In the Netherlands it's simply not going fast enough", Bussemaker said. She explained her policy on the field of scientific talent in a letter sent to parliament on Wednesday. 

Lady Justice
Dec 30 '16 12:54

The Netherlands is implementing a total of 50 changes to Dutch law as of January 1st, 2017. These changes affect everything from the minimum wage and what is covered in the basic health insurance package to the amount in mortgage you can borrow when buying a house.

The Dutch government published their annual roundup of law changes in the week before Christmas, broken down into nine categories. Find the summary below.

Dec 28 '16 08:53

No Islamic primary school will be opening in Naaldwijk in Westland. While the municipality approved the plans for the school, State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education decided not to give his permission. According to him, the plan for the school does not meet all the conditions, NOS reports.

Dec 22 '16 08:00

Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education are concerned about the number of children in the country registered as dyslexic. With a dyslexia statement school students can get a number of advantages, including longer time to complete an exam and having the questions read to them, NOS reports.

Dec 21 '16 16:05

The future holds better education, more space for the individual and more customization when it comes to work and learning for the Netherlands, according to the social and cultural planning office SCP's expectation for the Netherlands in 2050. But with that bigger disparities between people who can and can not keep up with developments and a bigger economic divide, NU.nl reports. 

The SCP published its report titled "Into the future" on Wednesday. It discusses the main issues the Netherlands will face between now and 2050.

Dec 20 '16 13:40

The Vrije Universitieit in Amsterdam will soon be offering free Dutch language and culture courses to imams, Trouw reports. 

Most of these Muslim clerics were trained in turkey, Morocco or Egypt and often only speak the language that they were trained in, according to the newspaper. They often also lack knowledge about life in the Netherlands. The Vrije Universiteit wants to offer them the opportunity to change this.

Dec 15 '16 10:45

Children of non-Western immigrants are performing better in school and more often make it through college or university. But this progress is not yet reflected in an improvement in their position on the labor market, according to a report social and cultural planning office SCP published on Thursday. 

Dec 15 '16 07:46

Non-Western minorities living in the Netherlands are losing faith in the country, according to a report published by social and cultural planning office SCP on Thursday. Since the start of this century they've become more negative about the social climate, feel less at home and feel more discriminated against, ANP reports.

Lunch at school
Dec 6 '16 15:25

An increasing number of Dutch primary schools are switching over to the so-called , in which kids aren't sent home for lunch, instead staying at school for a short break and then going home earlier. Currently only about half of primary schools are still using the traditional timetable, the Volkskrant reports based on a survey by DUO, NU.nl reports..

Dec 5 '16 10:29

Today Sinterklaas is visiting schools across the Netherlands in celebration of his birthday. And as tradition dictates, he will be accompanied by his Pieten. What exactly these Pieten will look like differs widely by region, municipality and schools and seems to be mostly determined by what neighborhood the school is located in, NOS reports after speaking with some 30 school boards, covering about a thousand primary schools across the country.

Dec 1 '16 09:05

VMBO pupils with wealthier families go on to college more often that pupils whose families live on a lower income, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. 

In total 1 in 5 VMBO pupils eventually end up in an HBO education. And their parents' income seem to play a role in this - 40 percent of children from wealthier families move on to HBO, compared to 30 percent of kids whose parents have lower incomes. 

Nov 29 '16 11:20

Inequality in education in the Netherlands increased over the past years, according to a study done by DUO Education Research. The increasing inequality is more significant in high schools than in primary schools, ANP reports.

The study was done among more than 2,200 school principals and teachers in primary and secondary educations. 18 percent of the secondary education principals and teachers indicated that a growing number of children are getting fewer opportunities at their schools. Among primary schools it was 12 percent.

Oct 31 '16 11:00

Education Minister Jet Bussemaker is investing 87 million euros over the next three years into tackling inequalities in education. The money is intended to make sure that children of poorly educated parents get the same opportunities as children from a higher social environment, NOS reports.

Earlier this year the Education Inspectorate released a report stating that children with the same talents soometimes don't get the same opportunities in school - the family into which you are born still plays a big roll in your education.

Oct 31 '16 10:10

The four Technical Universities in the Netherlands needs more money to cope with the influx of students, student organizations at the four universities and intercity student association ISO wrote in an open letter to the responsible ministers, NOS reports.

The letter is addressed to Ministers Jet Bussemaker of Education and Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs, as well as State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs. The Netherlands' four Technical Universities are located in Eindhoven, Delft, Wageningen and Enschede.

Oct 26 '16 14:30

A record number of about 265 thousand students were registered at Dutch universities this past academic year. That is a 2.5 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to the association of Dutch universities VSNU, ANP reports.

There was a hefty influx of foreign students as well as students transferring from VWO. The number of first year students in university courses increased by 9 percent to 52 thousand this academic year. The number of first-year undergraduate students increased in all sectors of education.

Oct 25 '16 10:41

The municipality of Rotterdam blocked the opening of a Salafist school in the former ROC building on Vorkstraat by buying the building itself, the Telegraaf reports.

Getting help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch embassy in Qatar, Rotterdam managed to convince the financers - Sheikh Eid Charitable Association - to drop their plans for the Salafist school. Part of the agreement was that the municipality will take over the building. Buying the building cost the municipality 1.7 million euros, the same amount the association paid for it.

Oct 24 '16 11:30

An increasing number of students are in need of psychological help, but student psychologists are scarce at a number of higher education institutions, according to a study into the avilability and accessibility of student psychologists in higher education. The study was performed by student organization ISO and the Dutch institute for psychologists NIP, Metro reports.

Oct 21 '16 17:05

The Netherlands is one of the EU countries with the fewest residents that have weight problems, with 13.3 percent of its residents being obese. Only Romania and Italy have fewer obese residents - 9.4 percent and 10.7 percent respectively, according to figures from the EU’s statistics office Eurostat.

Eurostat worked with figures from 2014. Ireland is not included in the study as the country’s figures were not available.

Oct 12 '16 12:55

The CDA calls for the basic study grant for all undergraduate students to be re-introduced in the party's campaign for next year's elections

Oct 6 '16 09:29

In the third quarter of this year collective bargaining wages increased by 2.1 percent compared to the same period last year. That is the biggest increase since 2009, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.

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