Division over ethnic mix at 'black' schools
8 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat CDA has turned against a Liberal VVD proposal to force white and foreign children to mix together at school.
8 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat CDA has turned against a Liberal VVD proposal to force white and foreign children to mix together at school.
The CDA said on Tuesday such a policy would undermine parents' freedom of choice, news service NIS reported.
Integration Minister Rita Verdonk wants to "force" white parents as much as possible to send their children to so-called 'black' schools with a high percentage of immigrant children.
She called for combined waiting lists from which primary schools would in turn take on one white and one immigrant child.
But the VVD's coalition government partner the CDA said a parent's freedom of choice must come first.
A spokesman said the emphasis does not rest on the origins of a pupil, but on language problems and improved quality of schools.
The opposition Labour PvdA is also against compulsory mixing of pupils.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news