No room in schools for difficult students

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Many high schools and primary schools think they are unable to accommodate children with learning and behavioral problems, according to a study from union CNV Education and KRO Brandpunt, published on Sunday.Starting next school year, schools are required to accept children with learning and behavioral problems, but 58 percent of the schools don't think they will meet the deadline.

CNV Education calls the outcome disturbing. 58 percent is a lot, when you consider there are only ten months left, according to a spokesperson.

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The study also shows that slightly more than half of the school directors refused a child with learning or behavioral issues in recent years.

The teachers say they do not have the resources to help the so-called 'special needs pupils'. They also fear the aid will be at the expense of the other pupils. You only need one or two children to unsettle an entire class room, states a CNV spokesperson.

The union wants the government to invest more money in education. The budget agreement will provide 50 million euros. That's a drop in the ocean. With that money primary schools can employ 1600 teaching assistants. In practice it means that one in four or five elementary schools can employ an assistant.

Last year the appropriate education law was passed . It states that from August 2014 more special needs pupils need to be accepted in regular education.

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