Dutch schools must be legally obliged to ensure that their pupils exercise or play sports for 30 minutes twice a day, the Dutch Sports Council, the Education Council and the Council for Public Health and Society said in a report. "It is a compelling advice to the responsible ministers. We see more exercise as a national interest", Michael van Praag, chairman of the Sports Council, said to NOS. "It's not only healthy, children also learn better and cognitive skills increase when you move occasionally."
The number of reports of physical violence in Dutch schools increased from 426 to 569 in the 2015/16 school year, according to a report from the Education Inspectorate. The complaints about discrimination on the grounds of race or religion decreased by around 40 percent to 28 complaints. The total number of reports decreased slightly, from 2,000 to 1,962, the Telegraaf reports.
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.
The costs for benefits for unemployed teachers are running so high, that schools no longer have money for new teaching assistants and smaller classes.
Schools in The Netherlands have been left out of the decision-making process when it comes to education policy reforms according to Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem's 2008 commission.
Gym classes in 20 precent of Dutch primary schools are not taught to standard, with classes lasting half the set time. Parliament wants Inspectors to pay a lot more attention to controlling this, the Algemeen Dagblad writes.
RTL Nieuws has published all Cito-test, or final exam, scores from primary schools in The Netherlands in 2014. According to the results from this year as well as the two years before, the schools get an overall mark that reveals how schools are performing on average.
The Netherlands has too few math teachers. One reason for this is that math teachers are stepping over into the business world, as it pays better. The Netherlands Math Platform tells the Algemeen Dagblad that there could be a serious problem.
From next school year, a total of 12 elementary schools in the Netherlands will start trials of bilingual education, Secretary for the Ministry of Education Sander Dekker said on Wednesday.