First for NL: Father files lawsuit over daughter's school advice

Gavel with lady justice in the background
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A dissatisfied father filed a lawsuit over the school advice his daughter received for her secondary education. He thinks she can do more and wants the court to force the girl's primary school to give her an IQ test, AD reports. According to the newspaper, this is the first time in the Netherlands that a school is taken to court over a child's school advice.

The girl attends primary school De Tweeklank in Hazerwoude-Rijndijk. She got the advice to attend VMBO - pre-vocational secondary education. But her father believes she can do better. There are major fluctuations in the girl's performance and these were caused by external factors, he said to AD. "If it was a mater of IQ, you always reach a certain level." 

He hopes that an IQ test will show the true level of secondary education his daughter should follow. "I want to prevent her from following education where she does not belong. I think that is very harmful to a child. That is why the advice must be appropriate and substantiated."

Carlie de Bakker, director of De Tweeklank, did not want to comment about about the case. "I think this is not in the pupil's interest", is all she would say to the newspaper.