Primary schools in the Netherlands are facing an increasing shortage in available teachers, especially in the Randstad area. This has reached such an extent that many education students now already have a teaching job in their second year of training - quite a contrast to a few years ago when graduated teachers had trouble finding work, the Volkskrant reports.
Primary education teachers get significantly less respect and lower wages than their high school counterparts and other university graduates, according to a study by the research center for education and labor market ROA and Ecorys, NU.nl reports.
The vast majority of Dutch parliamentarians wants the government to punish schools who do not teach LGBT awareness and acceptance lessons. Almost the entire Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supported the motion filed by SP parliamentarian Jasper van Dijk, NOS reports.
According to the Education Inspectorate, about 20 percent of primary- and high schools don't teach their students about sexual diversity, despite this being mandatory since 2012. The same is true for about 40 percent of the ROCs.
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.
Shots were fired at Islamic primary school As-Siddieq in Amsterdam-Noord over the Christmas holidays. At least eight bullet holes were found in the building, AT5 reports.
Pictures show bullet holes in the walls and doors of the school. A bullet hole was also found in the window of one of the bathrooms. "Parents and teachers no longer feel safe", a parent said to the Amsterdam broadcaster.
It seems the shots were fired over New Year's. An employee of the school found the bullet holes around that time and called the police.
The Onze Wereld primary school in Rotterdam decided to scrap their Sinterklaas' arrival parade this year for "security reasons", school principal Tilly Terheijden said to newspaper AD. Instead Sinterklaas will arrive at the school out of sight of the parents.
The school decided to have Sinterklaas accompanied by so-called Chimney Pieten this year, instead of the traditional blackface Zwarte Pieten after a complaint by a parent. This decision led to a heated discussion among parents at the school, with both pro- and anti-Zwarte Piet groups rearing their heads.
A total of 450 pupils and staff members at a primary school in Amsterdam-Noord will be vaccinated on Thursday after four children at the school were diagnosed with hepatitis A, NOS reports.
It seems that one of the kids contracted the virus during the holidays. The contagious infectious disease then spread through the Buikslotermeer School in Amsterdam-Noord. Parents of pupils were informed about the situation on Tuesday.
A man was wounded in a shooting on Iwan Kantemanplein in Amsterdam's Osdorp on Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses claim the shooting happened near primary school Horizon
Head lice are a bigger problem in high schools in the Netherlands than thought, according to a study by national health institute RIVM. The researchers attributes this to high school students' behavior, such as taking selfies and cuddling
A toddler was hospitalized after eating an ecstasy pill he found in a primary schoolyard in Hoogezand. Doctors believe the boy will be fine, but he will stay in the hospital for 24 hours for observation, according to a letter the school director sent to parents.
A girl was attacked by a bird which is now known as the "terror jackdaw" near De Rosmolen elementary school in Ulvenhout on Tuesday morning. She is one of several kids who fell victim to the bird over the past weeks
A 29 year old man was held hostage and tortured in an apartment building on Christiaan Huijgensstraat in Roosendaal on Tuesday afternoon. Two men were arrested in connection with this kidnapping.
Amsterdam school boards are open to the idea of adding a day off for Muslim holiday Eid, and taking a compulsory Christian holiday off the schedule. This statement is ruffling a number of political feathers, mostly in the anti-Islam party PVV
Maastricht schools will be discarding one of Zwarte Piet's characteristic features during the Sinterklaas celebrations this year. The announcement was made by Mosa Lira, the umbrella organization covering primary school education in Maastricht.
Fear reigned among parents who have children attending the Roman Catholic primary school De Fontein in the Hague after a photo of the school's neighborhood was posted on the terrorism monitor site terrorismemonitor.nl.
A Geldorp primary school's web domain has been taken over by a pornography website. People searching for the school on the internet are exposed to explicit photos and links to sex-films.
Police has arrested a 33-year old woman for assaulting a teacher at a primary school in Zwolle.
A 41-year-old teacher of a primary school in Ell, Limburg, has been fired after being arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, NOS reports.
Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
No major incidents were reported during New Year's night. The police reports that there were some disturbances in which the mobile unit was deployed. The mobile unit was deployed in Nijmegen, Utrecht and Culemborg. Several people were also injured and there were several fires.
According to Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker, there will be a significant shortage of teachers in the coming years, even though new teachers are now struggling to get work in education.
Segregation in primary schools in the Netherlands has decreased lightly, according to research from Forum, the institute for multicultural questions, under 36 of the Netherlands' biggest municipalities, Trouw reports.
Since 2003, the number of male educators in primary school has declined from 22.8 percent to 15.5 percent in 2012. The union for education-sector employers, CNV Onderwijs, finds this a disturbing set of figures, and is going to propose improvements.