Chinese kids beating the Dutch in schools
Chinese children in Dutch schools are doing so well, that they are getting better results than Dutch children.
Two thirds of Chinese pupils go on to the two highest levels of secondary education, whereas only half of Dutch pupils do. Out of all the population groups in the Netherlands , it is the Chinese that most often enter higher education after school, according to the Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP.
The Chinese are also successful in the Dutch labour market. They are often employed in high powered jobs and unemployment is relatively low. The Institute of Social Research says this is because the Chinese attach great value to education and hard work.
An estimated 110,000 Chinese live in the Netherlands. Previously many of them worked in restaurants, but nowadays on 43 percent go into catering. However, Chinese people are more likely to become self-employed than someone with a Turkish or Dutch background.
The SCP reports large differences between the generations. First generation Chinese tend to work hard in the catering sector and speak little Dutch. They are usually unskilled and live isolated lives, even from other Chinese people. Chinese people born in the Netherlands are much better integrated and have many Dutch friends and modern views.
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