Morning newspapers – 25 October 2007

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All the papers covered the funeral of Jan Wolkers, some paid special attention to the attendance of education minister Ronald Plasterk. "The passage from the Bible that Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk quoted was met with some furtive chuckling from those present, since Wolkers had himself sworn off the Bible," the GPD papers write. According to De Pers it seemed that "even the most atheist minister of the socialist-Christian cabinet was now converted. The passion with which he read from the Bible at Wolke

All the papers covered the funeral of Jan Wolkers, some paid special attention to the attendance of education minister Ronald Plasterk. "The passage from the Bible that Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk quoted was met with some furtive chuckling from those present, since Wolkers had himself sworn off the Bible," the GPD papers write. According to De Pers it seemed that "even the most atheist minister of the socialist-Christian cabinet was now converted. The passion with which he read from the Bible at Wolkers' funeral surprised quite a few of those present."

If teachers in secondary vocational education (MBO) were to show more concern for their students there would be fewer problems, says Jaap Krikke. He talks in De Pers about his book Je moet wel van ze houden (You do have to love them). Many teachers are only interested in their subject. A tip: take into account the culture in which a student is brought up. "In Turkish families social control is very strong. With Moroccans you have to impose your authority more, that is what parents expect from school."

Why is it harder and harder for women to find male partners? It is because they are more highly educated and seek a partner who has at least the same level of education, says professor of demographics Jan Latten in nrc.next. Women who have completed secondary education are also having more difficulty finding a ‘suitable' man. Consequently there is a shortage of highly educated men. As a result of this trend more men with only secondary education will end up on the sidelines, "stray men" as the demographics professor calls them.

We are paying increasingly more taxes to protect the environment but the taxes that the government wants to introduce next year for road and flight traffic will have little effect in the long term. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has come to this "devastating" conclusion, the Telegraaf writes. The tax on CO2 pollution will only reduce the emissions from aeroplanes and cars by 1 percent, not the 30 percent the government was counting on.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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