Dutch schools should invest more: unions

12th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands have EUR 2 billion in excess reserves but often do not use them, says teachers’ union.

THE NETHERLANDS – Primary and secondary schools should use part of their financial reserves for investments in education, said the biggest Dutch teachers' union AOb Monday.

School boards of primary and secondary schools in the country could spend a total of EUR 2 billion on improving the quality of education but are often hesitant in spending money.

Schools in the Netherlands are run under a lump sum financing system. The government supplies each school with funds, but does not issue directives on how the money should be spent.

As a result, school boards are relatively free to make choices as to where to invest the money.

Currently, about 30 percent of the government funding is allocated to schools. However the AOb thinks about 15 percent of the government funding would be sufficient to act as a buffer in case of emergencies.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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