secondary education

Distance learning
Apr 2 '20 13:30

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science allocated 2.5 million euros to purchase laptops for school pupils who have to do distance learning due to the coronavirus and do not have the proper equipment at home. This money will buy laptops for over 6,800 pupils in primary-, secondary-, and secondary vocational education, Sivon, a partnership of school boards, said to NOS.

Healthcare workers
Mar 31 '20 09:32

Workers in healthcare and welfare occupations find their work most emotionally draining. Teachers, especially in primary education, most often get emotionally involved in their work, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday based on a 2018 survey among 63 thousand workers. The top 10 most emotionally draining jobs are all on the list of "crucial workers" who have to keep working through the coronavirus crisis.

Mark Rutte on coronavirus
Mar 30 '20 13:46

The government is going to extend the measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. These measures were initially implemented until April 6th. Until when they will be in place will be announced on Tuesday, various Dutch media report.

The cabinet will meet with experts and advisers on Tuesday. After that the Ministerial Crisis Management Committee will gather, followed by a press conference by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the other Minsters involved, according to NOS. The press conference is expected at around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Child using a laptop
Mar 30 '20 08:49

The municipality of Amsterdam is making 3,250 laptops and 450 WiFi hotspots available to pupils who do not have the proper equipment at home to follow distance education while the schools are closed during the coronavirus crisis. With this emergency measure, alderman Marjolein Moorman wants to combat inequality and prevent children from falling behind, she said to AT5.

The laptops and WiFi hotspots will be available to pupils who need them for as long as the schools are closed. The laptops will be distributed on Monday. A maximum of one laptop is available per family.

Empty classroom
Mar 25 '20 07:33

The decision on whether or not schools will reopen after April 6 will only be made after the results of a crucial study by public health institute RIVM are known, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Eduction said on television program Op1. It seems very likely that schools will remain closed, because the RIVM told Nieuwsuur that this study will take six weeks and it started Tuesday.

Playground outside a school in Amsterdam Oost
Mar 13 '20 13:31

Minister Arie Slob for Primary- and Secondary Education is sticking to the decision to keep schools open for the time being, despite concerns about the coronavirus spreading. He stressed on Friday that pupils and teachers with any symptoms of illness must stay home, NOS reports.

Unhappy teenage girl
Feb 12 '20 10:50

One in five high school pupils have a family member at home with a long term illness. These pupils are more likely to struggle with psychosomatic complaints like trouble sleeping, headaches, fatigue, and nervousness than their peers. They also feel more pressured by their school work and score less well on life satisfaction and perceived health, according to a study by Social and Cultural Planning office and the VU University Amsterdam.

Empty classroom
Feb 5 '20 07:56

There are still problems with school exams in the vast majority of high schools in the Netherlands, the Education Inspectorate found in  study of 104 schools launched after major issues at VMBO Maastricht in 2018. Although schools in secondary education have become more alert, 70 percent of schools did not comply with the regulations around exams, NU.nl reports.

Empty classroom
Jan 30 '20 07:46

Teachers, school leaders and other employees in education are striking on Thursday and Friday for higher wages and lighter workloads. Over 4 thousand primary and secondary schools are expected to remain closed today and tomorrow.

As far as is known, a total of 3,978 primary schools and 180 secondary schools are closed on one or both days of the strike, NU.nl reports. Together that is 56 percent of the total number of schools in the Netherlands. 59 percent of primary schools are participating in the strike and 28 percent of secondary schools.

Primary school classroom
Jan 14 '20 10:20

Secondary schools increasingly have to give extra lessons to pupils in the bridge classes to catch up on backlogs from primary school, sector organization VO-Raad said to newspaper AD. The organization noticed that more and more pupils are staring high school at below the desired level, and fears that the situation will only become worse if no solution is found for the teacher shortage in primary education.

Empty classroom
Dec 3 '19 13:00

The school performance of 15-year-olds in the Netherlands is deteriorating. Especially the reading ability of Netherlands' teens is declining compared to other countries, according to the annual PISA survey, in which 77 countries participate, including the 37 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Compared to the rich OECD countries, Dutch teens' reading ability is below average. 

Primary school classroom
Nov 6 '19 07:39

More than 4 thousand schools in the Netherlands are closed today due to a large strike in primary- and secondary education. Teachers, school directors and other educational staff are striking for a structural solution against the teacher shortage in the country.

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Nov 5 '19 18:30

With teachers in primary- and secondary education across the Netherlands striking on Wednesday, many a parent will be wondering what to do with their kids on this extra free day. Zoos and amusement parks across the country are there to help, according to a list compiled by newspaper AD.

A number of the larger attractions are opening on Wednesday, even though they're actually already closed or partially closed for the winter. Others are offering discounts.

Empty classroom
Nov 1 '19 18:21

The Dutch cabinet announced on Friday it had reached an agreement with teachers unions and employers to boost government spending in education by roughly 460 million euros, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in an interview on broadcaster NOS. The deal puts an end to a planned November 6 strike by primary and secondary school teachers and special education instructors teachers union AOb told the broadcaster.

Primary school classroom
Nov 1 '19 09:31

The teacher shortage is taking on worrying forms, according to education union AOb. Four in 10 primary- and secondary schools are already dealing with a chronic shortage in teachers. In special education, the problems are even worse - two thirds of schools don't have enough teachers, the union concludes based on its own research among 6,200 teachers, the Telegraaf reports.

"There is often talk bout shortages, but nobody knew exactly how many teachers it was", AOb chairman Liesbeth Verheggen said to the newspaper. 

Amsterdam primary school closed for a nationwide teacher strike, 15 March 2019
Oct 21 '19 12:46

Teachers in primary- and secondary education throughout the Netherlands will strike on Wednesday, November 6th. The education unions gave the government until Sunday to respond to their demands for more money in education. The unions received no response, so the previously announced strike will now definitely happen, the unions said, NOS reports.

Primary school classroom
Oct 10 '19 10:00

The curriculum in Dutch education must change to better prepare students for their future, according to advice from around 150 teachers and school leaders presented to Minister Arie Slob for Primary- and Secondary Education on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Amsterdam primary school closed for a nationwide teacher strike, 15 March 2019
Sep 27 '19 12:50

Teachers in primary- and secondary education announced another national strike. If the government does not respond to their demand to allocate 423.5 million euros extra to education, they will strike on Wednesday, November 6th, NOS reports.

Empty classroom
Sep 3 '19 11:50

Of the 190 thousand kids who started secondary education in the 2010/11 school year, girls on average obtained a higher level of diploma than boys seven years later, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. Girls obtained a HAVO or VWO diploma more often than boys, boys more often obtained a diploma from one of the VMBO vocational courses than girls. 

Teen girl with her school bag
May 21 '19 15:40

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.

Secondary school pupils
Apr 8 '19 08:45

Secondary schools in the Netherlands want to put a stop to the "crazy test culture". They see too many stressed-out students who only commit to a project if it counts towards their grade. Dozens of Dutch high schools are therefore experimenting with a new teaching method called formative evaluation, in which teachers keep an eye on pupils' progress without constant written tests, AD reports.

Amsterdam primary school closed for a nationwide teacher strike, 15 March 2019
Mar 15 '19 08:43

Teachers of all levels of education are striking on Friday for more investment in education, because the quality is under pressure. More than half of primary schools are closed today. The teachers will gather on the Malieveld in The Hague to protest, NU.nl reports.

Signs say we're on strike in front of Basisschool Oostelijke Eilanden in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Jan 9 '19 09:04

General education union AOb and trade union FNV Onderwijs en Onderzoek are planning a national strike in primary, secondary and higher education on March 15th. Various action groups, including PO in Actie and WO in Actie, support the strike, the Volkskrant reports.

School bags
Dec 11 '18 09:16

The correct education level for girls in the Netherlands are more often estimated lower in their school advice than that of boys. In the 2017/2018 school year, girls were more often at a higher school level in the third class of secondary education than their school advice said. Boys less often did better than their teachers had expected, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

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