Free schoolbooks for secondary schools children
Parents will save up to EUR 400 as they no longer have to buy or rent schoolbooks for their children in secondary schools.29 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The Upper House of parliament has agreed to introduce free schoolbooks in secondary schools. Currently parents have to buy or rent schoolbooks for secondary school children and pay anything up to EUR 400.
A majority of the house wants Deputy Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt to investigate whether parents of children in secondary vocational schools will not be worse off. These schools already have a system of subsidies for study costs, which will remain in place. If it turns out that this group is worse off, the Upper House wants them to be compensated.
During the debate, Van Bijsterveldt said there will be an investigation, but she would not promise any compensation. She says that the government would have to discuss the matter first.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]