teacher shortage

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Apr 9 '20 15:00

Trade unions and employers in secondary education have reached a new collective bargaining agreement. Secondary education workers' wages will increase by 3.5 percent, and salaries and salary scales will increase 2.75 percent retroactively from March 1, unions CNV Education and AOb announced, NOS reports

End of year bonuses will also increase by 0.6 percent. And full time workers in secondary education will receive a once-off bonus of 750 euros. This collective bargaining agreement runs until January 1st, 2021.

Linnaeusschool in Amsterdam Oost, 11 February 2019
Feb 11 '20 17:40

The education crisis claimed another victim in Amsterdam with the announcement that the primary education provider Linnaeusschool will shut down at the end of the school year. The Amsterdam Oost school will close because of a combination too few teachers on staff, and too few pupils in the classrooms, the parent organization STAIJ told the Parool.

Teacher in class
Feb 4 '20 07:49

The number of young people picking studies in sectors facing major staff shortages is increasing, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from the association for universities of applied sciences Vereniging Hogescholen. The number of students studying to become teachers and nurses in particularly increased.

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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 28 '20 13:50

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague presented their emergency plans on how to handle the growing teacher shortage to Minster Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education. Their plans include using "professionals" who aren't qualified as teachers if no qualified teacher can be found, and shortening the school week if all else fails. The Minister said he will push another 9 million euros into training people from other professions to become teachers, AD and Het Parool reports.

Playground outside a school in Amsterdam Oost
Jan 27 '20 08:22

Not only the government, but also schools themselves are responsible for the major problems facing education, Eugenie Stolk, the new director of teachers' union AOb said to newspaper AD. On Thursday and Friday, primary- and secondary school teachers across the country will strike for more investment in education and a solution to the teacher shortage.

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.

Flowers and candles left at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht on 18 March 2019
Dec 29 '19 09:00

The year 2019 was a busy one for the Netherlands, with elections and strikes, multiple high profile murders and shootings, and a summer full of heat records, severe storms and poisonous caterpillars. Here follows a review of the top ten stories of this year. 

Amsterdams Lyceum, a secondary school in Amsterdam Zuid
Dec 16 '19 14:43

The Dutch government is in discussions with the school boards in five cities hard-hit by a shortage of teachers to roll out emergency plans to address the problem. The ruling cabinet announced on Monday it will have a plan in place to tackle the issue in Amsterdam and The Hague by the end of January, and then it will begin addressing the shortages in Rotterdam, Utrecht and Almere.

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Dec 12 '19 11:31

After a year of difficult negotiations, a collective bargaining agreement was reached for primary education. The trade unions and employers agreed on a 4.5 percent wage increase for all teaching staff. They will also receive a once-off payment of 33 percent of their monthly wage and a once-off amount of 875 euros, education union AOb announced.

Amsterdam flag
Dec 9 '19 10:50

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.

Primary school classroom
Dec 9 '19 09:52

Primary and secondary school education is being prepared for a substantial overhaul, with schools allowed to dictate roughly one-third of how teaching time is spent. Schools will still be required to focus their attention on reaching math and language goals, the education ministry announced on Monday.

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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. 

Amsterdam Flag
Nov 25 '19 14:51

All 16 primary schools managed by the Westelijke Tuinsteden foundation will close down temporarily in December as the organization tries to find a solution to deal with the growing teacher shortage in the Netherlands, reported broadcaster NOS. The decision affects the families of 5,400 students registered at one of the schools.

Classes will be cancelled for the week starting on December 9. The school system said it was looking to fill the equivalent of 25 full-time positions, up from 13 at the beginning of the school year, according to the Parool.

Playground outside a school in Amsterdam Oost
Nov 25 '19 12:24

Teacher union AOb is calling on its members to strike on January 30th and 31st next year. The largest teachers' union in the Netherlands is demanding higher wages for its members, so that the teaching profession remains attractive in the fight against the growing teacher shortage. Contract talks between the unions and employers in primary education stalled last week.

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Nov 21 '19 15:10

Negotiations between trade unions and employers for a new collective bargaining agreement for primary education stalled on Wednesday evening, union AOb and employers' organization PO-Raad announced on Thursday. The unions regarded the employers' offer of a just under 3 percent wage increase as too low, NU.nl reports.

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.

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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. 

Kids raising their hands in class
Oct 25 '19 08:25

The influx of pupils in special education is so large that schools are struggling to cope. The classes are overcrowded and that can lead to unsafe situations, according to a study by NPO Radio 1 program Reporter Radio and De Telegraaf, NOS reports.

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.

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Oct 2 '19 08:38

The government must allocate extra money to combat the teacher shortage and implement tax reductions for the elderly and people with a low income, according to the PvdA. If that does not happen, the party will vote against the government's tax plan and education budget, PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said to NOS. 

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.

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