Morning newspapers – 20 November 2007

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The complaint is being heard on all sides: the public broadcasting company is too left-wing. President Harm Bruins Slot says in the AD and Volkskrant on Tuesday that the broadcaster is going to look into whether the criticism is justified. Conservative Dutch residents should also be able to identify with the programmes on Nederland 1, 2 and 3, he said. It will immediately be investigated whether the programming is too elite, or not aimed enough at people of ethnic background.

The complaint is being heard on all sides: the public broadcasting company is too left-wing. President Harm Bruins Slot says in the AD and Volkskrant on Tuesday that the broadcaster is going to look into whether the criticism is justified. Conservative Dutch residents should also be able to identify with the programmes on Nederland 1, 2 and 3, he said. It will immediately be investigated whether the programming is too elite, or not aimed enough at people of ethnic background.

De Pers talks to three former employees of energy company Oxxio, who report shocking practices aimed at "swindling customers." The fourth largest power company in the Netherlands deliberately activated automatic debit transactions from 20,000 former customers, for instance. When these customers called to complain the call centre was told to keep them on hold longer than other customers. That could easily be 30 minutes. If someone still stayed on the line, they were not to be put through to supervisors at the call centre.

The Defence ministry has committed a major blunder, the AD reports. The website of the ministry displayed a list of names and positions of thousands of navy employees at one point, even employees on sensitive assignments in the Antilles, Iraq or Afghanistan for instance. Their families in the Netherlands could have been threatened as a result. The defence department says that the information was only accessible for two days but the paper says that "smarter search engines than Google" could still access the list on Monday afternoon.

It is still commonly believed that many children end up in a level of secondary education above their ability under pressure from their parents. But Trouw reports that 20,000 to 30,000 children each year are sent to preparatory secondary vocational education (VMBO) when they are in fact capable of senior general secondary education (HAVO) or even pre-university education (VWO). And that is a very conservative estimate. If that were not bad enough, those who are put in VMBO are given very little opportunity to move up.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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