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Teenager doing a kickflip on a skateboard
Apr 19 '17 16:15

Dutch 15-year-olds are happy with their lives and perform well in school and sports, according to a three yearly study by te Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which Education State Secretary Sander Dekker sent to parliament on Wednesday. Dutch teens give their lives an average score of 7.8, putting the Netherlands in second place for life satisfaction in a list of 35 countries from around the world. Finland came in first, Switzerland came in third. 

A silver coin from De Rooswijk, a Dutch East Indies ship that sank near England in 1740
Apr 18 '17 11:20

The Dutch government ordered a salvage operation for the cargo of an 18th century Dutch East Indies ship which sank near Kent, England in 1740. An international team will salvage the cargo of De Rooswijk between July and October, NU.nl reports.

Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science called De Rooswijk a "time capsule" in an interview with AD on Tuesday. The ship offers "a unique view into the past", the departing Minster said. "The archeological information we can gain from this wreck is extremely valuable to describe this period in history."

Apr 12 '17 11:15

The Education Inspectorate for the first time compared Dutch schools and their students' results and found major differences. The Inspectorate concluded that a student's performance strongly depends on the type of school the child attends. Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education call the situation worrying, NOS reports.

Apr 10 '17 11:10

When the basic study grant was abolished, the government promised that the money saved would be invested in education. The government is failing to live up to that promise, according to student organizations ISO and LSVB, RTL Nieuws reports.

According to the organizations, in the year 2000 the government spent nearly 20 thousand euros for each student at university. In 2025 that amount will be only 14,300 euros. There is also a decline for students attending colleges. 

High school classroom
Apr 4 '17 09:16

Last year a total of 54.720 students repeated a year in high school or failed their final exam, according to figures from education agency DUO. That amounts to 5.7 percent of the total number of high school students, compared to 5.4 percent the previous year, AD reports

The increase in the number of repeaters is a break with the downward trend that started in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015 the number of repeaters fell from 6.5 percent of high school students to 5.4 percent. 

Mar 28 '17 09:37

An increasing number of children with complex psychological or physical problems can't find a school that will accept them. The number of exemptions from education increased from 3,107 in the 2010/11 school year to 5,537 in the 2015/16 school year, according to research by the Ministry of Education, AD reports.

The Ministry found that there is a striking increase in exemptions for 16- and 17-year-olds with autism, anxiety disorders, ADHD, depression or trauma.

Mar 21 '17 15:20

Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2002, are finally back home. On Tuesday the museum invited members of the press to see the works for the first time in just over 14 years. From Wednesday the paintings will be on display to the public, AD reports.

Mar 17 '17 13:44

Dutch-Turkish media groups that support Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were supported for years with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Het Parool reports based on its own research. The Stimulation Fund for Journalism paid these media groups hundreds of thousands of euros in subsidies. Most of this money could not be recovered because the companies behind the media groups went bankrupt. 

According to the Fund, the majority of the companies went bankrupt because they "devoted little attention to the business side of their business."

Feb 20 '17 09:35

Education Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker plan to make it easier and quicker for kids to move from preparatory vocational school (VMBO) to vocational school (MBO) with a new law that contains a number of measures.These include allowing kids in VMBO to already take MBO classes and scrapping the intermediate exam before advancing, ANP reports.

The Education officials announced their new law for a so-called continuous learning routes in a letter to parliament on Monday. 

Feb 7 '17 10:50

Schools in the Netherlands need major improvements in their integration education, according to the Education Inspectorate, ANP reports.

According to the Inspectorate, Dutch schools are failing wit attempts to teach students about typical Dutch values, despite the fact that schools are required to pay attention to what it means to be a citizen of the Netherlands. Dutch schools' attempts to do so are too unfocused - activities seem unrelated to each other, there is no systematic approach and schools don't formulate what they want to teach their students. 

Feb 6 '17 08:38

The four large Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague teamed up with eight collaboration groups and are making concrete plans to decrease the truancy rate, the Ministry of Education announced on Sunday, according to ANP.

Last year 4,200 kids in the Netherlands were considered truants - they were at home for more than three months rather than at school. A significant percentage of these kids come from one of the four big cities. 

Thousands gather on Malieveld in The Hague to protest against Trump, 1 Feb 2017
Feb 2 '17 07:56

Thousands of people gathered on the Malieveld in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon for a Holland against Hate demonstration against American president Donald Trump. The initiators want the protest to show that the Netherlands is against Trump's "xenophobic policy" of They also hope to convince the Dutch government to send the same signal.

Feb 1 '17 10:29

Many teachers in the Netherlands feel they have to avoid talking about sensitive topics such as sexual orientation and religion in their classrooms, according to a study by DUO. So-called Islamization and terrorist organization ISIS in particular are topics to be avoided. The teachers blame failed integration for this, ANP reports.

Jan 25 '17 11:20

For he first time since 2010 the number of books borrowed from libraries in the Netherlands showed an increase, albeit a small one. In 2015 the 770 public libraries across the country lent out a total of 75 million books, slightly more than in the previous year, NOS reports.

Martin van Rijn reading to kids at the kickoff of the National Reading Days 2017, 25 Jan 2017
Jan 25 '17 10:42

The National Reading Days in the Netherlands kicked off on Wednesday morning with numerous Dutch celebrities reading to kids at breakfast at schools, kindergartens, daycares and libraries across the country, Het Parool reports. 

Jan 23 '17 10:14

A record number of 184 Dutch schools were given the "excellent" designation this year, 54 more than last year, NOS reports. The schools were evaluated by an independent jury. The "excellent" designation is valid for three years. 

A school is deemed excellent if it excels in a particular area, for example suiting its methods of education to the neighborhood it is in, or going above and beyond to help a student. An inspiring way of teaching can also get a school an excellent label. 

Jan 20 '17 10:02

Two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh, which were found in the last year, are returning to the Netherlands.

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. 

Young people wearing hoodies
Jan 5 '17 12:05

The Dutch government wants more and better organized aid for the about 66 thousand young people in the Netherlands who are unqualified and unemployed. Ministers Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment and Jet Bussemaker of Education therefore instructed benefits agency UWV, social services and municipalities to team up for a joint approach to helping this vulnerable group, the Volkskrant reports.

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 27 '16 11:30

State Secretary Sander Dekker of Media wants to add an obligation to the new Media Law that will force public broadcasters to be transparent about costs like top salaries and football rights if politicians ask for it, he said to the Telegraaf on Tuesday.

Dekker believes that the public broadcasters' spending must be checkable because it is public money. 

The public broadcasters are against this idea. They argue that journalistic independence could be put at stake and that the information is competition-sensitive. 

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 5 '16 08:09

Dutch schools still do not specialize enough, which means that not every child gets the specialist support he or she needs, the Education Council wrote in a letter to State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education, NU.nl reports.

The system for appropriate education was implemented in the Netherlands two years ago, and is still not completely up to scratch, according to the letter. The intention behind appropriate education is that more children with extra needs be able to attend a mainstream school.

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