A majority in Dutch parliament wants more money to be made available to give asylum children language lessons for two years, instead of the current one year
Primary schools urgently need more money for language lessons for child asylum seekers. The government gives money for extra language lessons if a school has more than four asylum children, but it is not nearly enough, according to a study done by education council PO-Raad among 200 schools
Reports of sexual abuse in schools are increasing, the Education Inspectorate announced on Wednesday. A total of 112 reports were received in the 2014/2015 school year, compared to 86 reports in the previous year. Dutch parliamentarians are shocked by these figures.
A large delegation of the Dutch cabinet will be attending a gathering at the Belgian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech.
A total of 9,972 school-age children in the Netherlands are not attending school for a short or long period. 40 percent of them are enrolled in a school, but have not attended for more than four weeks. The truancy figure is down from last year's 10,680, according to figures Education State Secretary Sander Dekker sent to the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday
Dyslexic students are no longer allowed to use spell checkers during exams. The College for Tests and Exams (CvTE) implemented this measure in October last years, because from this year spelling counts in examination
Microsoft founder and richest man in the world Bill Gates called on the Netherlands to continue investing in foreign development cooperation. It is important to keep the development budget at a decent level, even with the current high influx of asylum seekers, he said
Microsoft founder Bill Gates will be giving a speech at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam on Tuesday as part of the European Union summit that started in the city earlier this month
Monday is the first day of school for 565 kids living in the asylum seeker camp Heumensoord in Nijmegen. For many of them it is the first day of school in months, for some even in years. Kids in other emergency shelters are still waiting, Dutch newspaper AD reports.
An increasing number of parents are annoyed about the high charges schools demand to look after their kids during lunchtime after the implementation of the so-called continuous timetable. This timetable, which does not allow kids to go home for lunch, is already implemented at about half of primary schools.
The Education Inspectorate will soon be implementing a new method of inspecting schools in which it will be focusing more on constructive criticism and less on fault finding.
State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education is investigating the possibility of synchronizing May school holidays nation wide. He wants a fixed, 14 day May holiday that happens in the same two weeks for all schools in the Netherlands. According to him, many parents complain about the chaos surrounding the May holidays, which makes it difficult to arrange care for their children and going on vacation.
The government has made a new grant available for teaching students who want to follow a master's program at a college or university. The aim for this grant is to get more teachers with a master's degree in the class room and thereby improve education.
State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education rightly refused to finance a new school in Rotterdam proposed by the Islamic Education Foundation Amsterdam, the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State ruled on Wednesday, AD reports.
The number of women appearing in television programs on public broadcasting has decreased over the past 5 years. Women are heavily outnumbered, especially in the big daily talk shows - De Wereld Draait Door, Pauw and Jinek.
Teachers will soon get more support on how to talk about sensitive subjects like homosexuality, the Holocaust and fundamentalism with their students. Stichting School en Veilgheid, or Foundation School and Safety in English, is organizing meetings after the summer holidays to guide schools in how to approach these sensitive topics.
Editors are urging State Secretary Sander Dekker of Media to stop unfair competition in public broadcasting, referring to the Dutch Public Broadcaster's, or NPO, plans to focus completely on digital media in the coming years.
Teachers in secondary education are dismayed by the mistrust evident in Education State Secretary Sander Dekker's plan that the central written exams first be marked by a teacher other than the teacher giving the class. Some teachers have started a petition to stop this plan. The petition already has more than 3 thousand signatures, the Telegraaf reports.
A number of politicians think that the budget for school buildings should be better distributed between small towns and large cities. There may soon be a shortage of schools in the big cities because more and more people with children move there.
Gifted primary and secondary school students are not being sufficiently challenged, writes the Dutch education minister in a letter to Parliament Thursday. His letter provides a progress report on a 2014-2018 government plan for “toptalenten,” gifted students.
EU Ministers of Education are meeting in Paris today to discuss new measures to tackle radicalization across the European Union. Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education) thinks that teachers need more support in highlighting the issue of radicalization in schools.
According to State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education and the Central Planning Bureau (CPB), grade repetition should be a thing of the past.
Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.