In an attempt to reduce the teacher shortage in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is allocating 100 homes for which new teachers will get priority, the city announced on Friday. The city hopes that easier accessibility to housing will make it more attractive for starting teachers to teach in Amsterdam.
With the new year starting, the Dutch government is implementing a number of new laws and changing some existing ones. Below is an explanation of changes to the law applying to education.
All students in the Netherlands studying to be a teacher will only pay half of their tuition fee for the first two years of their studies, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced. With this measure, the government hopes to combat the growing shortage of teachers by encouraging young people to chose the profession, NOS reports.
Primary schools in the Dutch countryside achieve better results on their final tests than those in the city areas, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school study. The 890 primary schools in the Netherlands' most urban areas scored an average of 6.93. The 1,511 primary schools in the least urban areas scored an average of 7.05.
Employers in technology, healthcare and education will have an increasingly difficult task filling vacancies in the coming years, according to the University of Maastricht's research center for education and labor market RAO. Over the next five years, the number of jobs in the Netherlands is expected to grow by 520 thousand, with the largest number of vacancies expected to be in technology and healthcare, according to the researchers, NOS reports.
The Dutch government wants to keep a closer eye on people who come into contact with children in childcare in any why. From March 1st next year, the childcare register will include, in addition to childminders, all people who go to a daycare or creche on a regular basis, including people who don't actually care for children themselves, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor donated a boat seized in a money laundering and drug trafficking investigation to the Scheepvaart en Transport College in Rotterdam. Usually seized goods are sold through the Ministry of Finance's department Domeinen, and proceeds go toward the Dutch treasury. The Public Prosecutor is now experimenting with putting some seized items back into society, the Prosecutor said in a statement.
Doctorate student Michael Afanasyev filed a complaint with the College for Human Rights against TU Delft because the university forbade him to defend is dissertation dressed in a 17th century pirate suit. Pirates are an important part of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which Afanasyev is a priest of, and he therefore feels that TU Delft is discriminating against his religion, the Volkskrant reports.
The Netherlands has seen a massive surge in the number of international higher education students, with over 80 thousand enrolled at Dutch universities and applied sciences universities during the 2016-2017 academic year. This figure is double the number of foreign students in the country just ten years ago, according to new research from international student organization Nuffic.
Last year the biggest proportion of Dutch couples consisted of two highly educated people, instead of one highly educated person and one less educated person as was the case in 2006, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. According to the stats office, this can be attributed to the fact that more people in the Netherlands achieve at least a bachelors degree.
The Netherlands dropped 16 places on the World Economic Forum's annual gender equality ranking. Last year the Netherlands came in 16th place, this year our country only made it to 32nd, NU.nl reports.
When the list was first published in 2006, the Netherlands came in 12th place when it came to equality between men and women on income and political power. Last year the Netherlands dropped from 13th to 16th place.
Noord-Drenthe is the most prosperous region in the Netherlands, according to the Broad Prosperity Indicator by Rabobank and Utrecht University. Residents of Noord-Drenthe are happy, healthy and feel safe. Gooi also scored very well. People living in the Randstad are much less satisfied, ANP reports.
After over 200 days of government formation talks, the Rutte III cabinet's government agreement is as good as done. The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie reached agreements on the last major issues and the agreement is expected to be presented next week. The new government plans to invest more in education, defense, police and sustainability, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday night.
Teacher union AOb thinks that all 6,500 primary schools across the Netherlands will not open today as primary school teachers strike for a higher salary and lower workload. The strike continues, despite reports published on Wednesday night that the new government set an extra 500 million euros aside for primary education. Around 90 percent of primary school teachers are participating in the strike, NOS reports.
"We hardly hear of any schools that will not close. And if we don't get enough money soon, we may close for two days", an AOb spokesperson said to news wire ANP.
Foundation FutureNL is launching a "micro:bit expedition" at all 474 primary schools in the Netherlands. Starting on Friday, each school will receive 20 goody-bags, including 20 micro:bits and a dozen lessons to teach students and teachers how to work with this new technology in a fun way. The goal of this expedition is to make children and teachers enthusiastic about interacting with technology and developing digital skills, FutureNL said in a statement.
People in the Netherlands want the new Dutch government to give top priority to healthcare, according to social and cultural planning office SCP's quarterly survey of what Dutch think about the country. "45 percent of respondents put healthcare on number one", SCP spokesperson Josje den Ridder said to NOS.
For the second year in a row, the Netherlands has the most competitive economy in the European Union, and the fourth most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Netherlands scored particularly well because of its strong base in, for example, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy, said Erasmus University - the WEF partner organization in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
Like last year, the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda and Den Bosch was named the best large University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, in the Keuzegids HBO 2018. Windesheim in Zwolle and Almere came in second place and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen followed in third, ANP reports.
Noord-Brabant school community De Rooi Pannen is taking over most of its pupils' study fees and costs. From next year, the parents of the around 8 thousand De Rooi Pannen pupils will only have to pay the legally mandatory course- or lesson fees and the purchase costs of working clothes, Omroep Brabant reports.
Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science is concerned about the increasing pressure to perform that is on school pupils and university and college students, she said at the opening of the academic year in Nijmegen on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Parents in the Netherlands are increasingly taking legal action against their children's schools, legal aid insurers told newspaper Trouw on Friday. The number of requests for advice in conflicts with educational institutions increased significantly over the past years. Educational organizations are concerned about this development, according to the newspaper.
An 18-year-old girl who just barely failed a VWO exam, is challenging the outcome of her French exam in court. If she got only 0.05 of a point more on one answer, she would've passed and gone to university, according to her lawyer Wilco Brussee, AD reports.
Utrecht University is the best university in the Netherlands for the 15th year in a row, according to the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the Shanghai University on Tuesday. This year Utrecht University got 47th place, compared to 65th place last year, NU.nl reports
The number of university-educated teachers in Dutch classrooms is decreasing, while this type of teacher is still very necessary, the royal Netherlands academy of sciences KNAW warns. Teachers with a university background are essential to prepare school pupils for their university studies, according to the academy, Het Parool reports.