Dutch news in brief, Thursday 13 November 2008
Find out what’s the latest news in the Netherlands in the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.13 November 2008
Most Dutch Islamic schools sub-standard
Today's De Telegraaf reports that research by the education ministry shows that most Dutch Islamic schools are sub-standard.
Eighty-six percent of the school boards are reportedly involved in financial mismanagement, including trips to Mecca.
Deputy Education Ministers Sharon Dijksma and Marja van Bijsterveldt say that the quality of education at nearly half of the 41 Islamic primary schools is inadequate.
The two Islamic secondary schools in Amsterdam and Rotterdam are considered "weak to very weak".
Parents and children are often powerless because they have no say in the school boards' decisions.
The two deputy ministers say they will re-claim EUR 4.5 million in government subsidies because of financial irregularities, and legal steps have already been initiated against several schools.
Only three schools had their finances in order.
Young people feel they are spoiled
De Volkskrant reports that "Young people feel they're much too spoiled".
This is the rather surprising outcome of a study sponsored by the paper and public broadcasting corporation NCRV.
Young people are seriously concerned about 'the youth of today', they feel their peer group is being spoiled, encouraged too much to feel good about themselves, and therefore less inclined to be considerate towards others.
According to de Volkskrant, no less than two-thirds of young people between the age of 16 and 24 feel the balance between rights and duties has tilted in the wrong direction.
Young people are generally seen as making too many demands without asking themselves what they could contribute to society.
The de Volkskrant/NCRV study also shows that younger generations are more likely to be narcissistic, which, it argues, is not necessarily a bad thing.
Narcissistic people often show more initiative, more perseverance and are more likely to be optimistic.
On the negative side, they get into more arguments and form fewer lasting friendships.
Violent incidents against officers up
De Volkskrant reports on a study into the increasing violence against police officers.
The number of violent incidents against police officers has tripled since 1996. In that period, the total number of violent crimes in the Netherlands increased by 60 percent, while the number of insults and threats to police officers grew by 600 percent.
Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst has earmarked EUR 1 million for a pilot involving cameras and audio equipment to help identify perpetrators.
Nearly all 24,000 police officers have faced threats and violence.
About three percent of the officers say they considered leaving the force after a violent incident, which they often find more difficult to deal with than having to assist seriously injured traffic victims.
A quarter of all violent incidents against police officers involve injuries. Concussions and broken bones occur dozens of times a year.
Princess Maxima kicks off Amsterdam India Festival
De Volkskrant has on its front page a picture of dancers of the Kathakali Dance Theatre putting on their costumes for a performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
The dancers, their faces painted green and black, performed two episodes of the Mahabharata, the epic portraying the history of the creation of India.
The Kathakali Dance Theatre was the opening act of the Amsterdam India Festival which will last until 30 November.
AD features a picture of Princess Maxima in a light blue, gold hemmed Indian dress, walking across the Museumplein under the protection of an umbrella held by an official.
The princess officially opened the Amsterdam India Festival by switching on a lights display.
[Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder-Hes / Expatica]
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