Following Amsterdam's lead, Utrecht and Rotterdam are launching large-scale checks of municipal buildings for the presence of lead water pipes, the municipalities told NOS.
The 5,400 students of 16 primary schools in Amsterdam Nieuw-West will not be able to attend classes this week, with their school closed for emergency meetings. The schools, part of the Stichting Openbaar Basisonderwijs Westelijke Tuinsteden (STWT) announced in November that it would close the doors to their locations for one week while its teachers, staff, and administrators try to come up with a solution to the worsening teacher shortage in the Netherlands.
Police officers shot and injured a woman near a primary school in Alkmaar on Wednesday morning. Multiple pupils of the primary school witnessed the shooting, bystanders told NH Nieuws and NoordHollands Dagblad. The woman was taken to an area hospital
The incident happened on Piemstraat, near primary school Durv! located on Elgerweg in the Noord-Holland city. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene at 8:16 a.m., followed by a trauma team by helicopter one minute later.
The teacher shortage in the Netherlands claimed its first victim. Primary school 16e Montessori in Amsterdam Zuidoost is closing because it doesn't have enough teachers to guarantee quality education. Parliamentarians are shocked. The PVV and PvdA want to debate this with Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education next week, Het Parool reports.
Primary schools are using their budgets much more. Last year the school boards had 5.9 million euros of their budgets left over at the end of the year. In 2017 it was just over 106 million euros, Trouw reports based on figures from education executive agency DUO.
Next month Queen Maxima will launch the Netherlands' first artificial intelligence course for children. The National AI Junior course is aimed at teaching kids between the ages of 10 and 14 the principles of AI, and to get them enthusiastic about technology and improving their technological skills. "In this way the can function optimally in a world in which technology plays an increasingly important role", the government said in a pre release.
A primary school in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk does not have to give a pupil an IQ test, the court in The Hague ruled. The girl's father demanded an IQ test in this lawsuit, because he does not agree with the secondary school advice his daughter received, NOS reports.
Schools in the Netherlands will again start the new school year with a considerable shortage of teachers and educational support staff. Currently there are 3,500 open vacancies for teachers in primary education, according to the council for primary education PO-Raad. The expectation is that 1,400 of these will not be filled by the start of the next school year. That makes the teacher shortage 5 percent larger than last year, NOS reports.
Amsterdam is making sure that all kids, regardless of their family's financial position, can participate in field trips, class parties, sports days and other extracurricular activities. From this coming school year, kids from low income families at all primary schools in the city can swipe their City Pass when it is time for the voluntary parent contribution for such activities. The municipality will then pay 50 euros contribution to the school per swiped City Pass, Amsterdam said in press statement.
11 percent of all group 8 pupils in the Netherlands received the wrong secondary school advice after their final exams. A calculation error resulted in the final exam advice being too high, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.
Dutch kids in group 8 get advised on what level of secondary education to follow. This advice is largely based on a school advice drawn up by their teachers based on their performance throughout primary school. But this advice can be adjusted if the pupils' results on their final tests differ greatly from the school advice.
Pupils in primary schools in disadvantaged Dutch neighborhoods are significantly behind their peers in regular neighborhoods, according to a study by research agency MWM2 commissioned by ABN Amro, Stichting Kinderpostzegels and education fund Jeugddeducatiefonds, newspaper AD reports.
The researchers questioned 300 teachers, counselors and primary school directors.
The number of reports of sexual abuse and discrimination at Dutch schools increased last year. The Education Inspectorate received 134 reports of sexual abuse in the school year 2017/2018, the highest number in 15 years, NU.nl reports.
In nearly half of the reports about pupils being sexually abused, the accused perpetrator is someone who works at the school, such as a teacher or a member of the non-teaching staff, according to the Inspectorate. The number of reports about sexual harassment decreased, the Inspectorate said.
There is nothing wrong with a gym class in Lutjebroek where pupils from the same primary school class twice fell ill, public health institute GGD concluded after investigation. The GGD believes it was stress and heat that made the children sick, NOS reports.
A 25-year-old man who works at the Galvanischool in The Hague was arrested on suspicion of a sex sexual offense involving children. "The picture now is that the border crossing behavior took place outside school, but we can not exclude that it also took place at school", a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said to newspaper AD.
A report was recently filed against the man, and he was arrested a day later. The police are investigating. According to the Public Prosecutor, the man is still in custody.
Of all the Dutch provinces, primary schools in Zeeland on average achieved the best results on the final test in group 8. Primary schools in Noord-Holland performed the worst, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school research.
Dutch primary schools expect a significant increase in the number of children of expats in the coming years. While companies are rapidly taking on foreign tech experts and IT professionals, schools have to prepare for pupils who speak little or no Dutch, Trouw reports.
This issue is especially prevalent at primary schools in the Amsterdam region, Eindhoven and The Hague, according to the newspaper.
Primary schools in large cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague and the municipalities around them are increasingly using Pieten with soot marks on their faces in the Sinterklaas celebration, rather than the traditional blackface Zwarte Piet, according to a survey of over 580 schools by DUO Education Research & Advice, NU.nl reports.
Primary school Het Kompas in Hoorn came up with an emergency plan to counter the growing teacher shortage. The school sent a letter to parents last week, asking them to fill in when teachers are sick so that kids do not have to be sent home, NH Nieuws reports.
This plan was made in preparation for the autumn period and flu season. Earlier this year the school had to send two classes home because no substitute teacher could be found. "We hold our hearts when someone gets sick", Jaap Muurling, director of Het Kompas, said to NH.
Queen Maxima expressed her and the King's support for the families of the four children killed in a collision between a train and an electric cargo bike in Oss on Thursday morning. "We have no words for this", she said to journalists during her visit to Drachten.
A 6-year-old girl from Kampen passed away on Sunday after she was seriously injured in an accident with a lawnmower last week, mayor Bort Koelewijn confirmed. According to the mayor, the girl's family were called to the hospital on Sunday. He received news of her passing on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports.
"Our hearts are full of sadness", Koelewijn said. "It is a huge blow for the family and those directly involved, but also for all the doctors who fought to the end."
Almost 90 percent of schools in the Netherlands experience problems with traffic in their immediate vicinity. Over the past three years, over 10 thousand traffic accidents were reported in the vicinity of schools, according to research by RTL Nieuws in collaboration with the University of Groningen.
The massive primary school teacher shortage in the Netherlands seems to be mainly limited to the big cities in the west of the country, according to figures from benefits agency UWV that newspaper Trouw requested. There are enough, or even more than enough, teachers in the north, east, and south of the Netherlands, the newspaper writes.
As you get farther away from the big cities, it becomes easier and easier to fill vacancies. Outside the Randstad there are still more teachers than there are jobs available, and some teachers even struggle to find work.
Around 7,900 children in Amsterdam do not yet know who their teacher will be next year, according to BBO, an administrative group of 35 primary schools in the city. Amsterdam primary schools currently still have 315 vacancies, Het Parool reports.
The primary school teacher shortage in Amsterdam is expected to increase to 500 open vacancies by 2023, which means that 15 thousand pupils won't have a teacher.
All Dutch primary- and secondary schools are obliged to give good "citizenship" lessons focused on the "basic values of the democratic constitutional state" in a new legislative proposal by Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education, NOS reports.