Cuts affect Dutch adult education
Dutch school drop-outs will in future have fewer opportunities to return to class and complete an education. Proposed cuts in adult education are affecting the availability of secondary level courses for early school leavers, which are usually funded by local government.
Daily Trouw reports that a number of adult education schools has had to turn away potential students. The classes are meant for people over 18 with incomplete educations. The schools provide them with a second chance to qualify for a diploma and improve their chances in the labour market. Mature students with a diploma can also attend the classes in order to obtain a higher degree qualification.
Government subsidies amounted to approximately 200 million euros per year, but this went down to 150 million this year, and is expected to drop to 115 million in 2011.
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