Morning newspapers – 6 December 2007

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"Truants go unpunished," is a headline in the Telegraaf. The paper reports that schools are failing to report students who are absent from class without good reason. Investigation by the education inspectorate indicates that the administrative and technical provisions at schools are often not organised adequately to report absenteeism consistently. The regional training centres in particular fall short in this regard. Ronald Zoutendijk of the organisation for school attendance enforcement officials, Ingrad

"Truants go unpunished," is a headline in the Telegraaf. The paper reports that schools are failing to report students who are absent from class without good reason. Investigation by the education inspectorate indicates that the administrative and technical provisions at schools are often not organised adequately to report absenteeism consistently. The regional training centres in particular fall short in this regard. Ronald Zoutendijk of the organisation for school attendance enforcement officials, Ingrado, says it is a "shame"; he says truancy is "a step on the way to dropping out."

Special education has become too expensive, says state secretary for education Dijksma. The costs of providing children extra care and guidance have increased to almost EUR 1 billion a year, the Volkskrant reports. Dijksma says this amount can no longer be justified since inspection reports indicate that almost half the schools for special education are performing poorly and people are still being put on waiting lists. Dijksma wants to better equip teachers for their job and make a better determination what kind of education is most suitable for each child.

The Christian democrat CDA wants an "anti-traffic jam bonus" to encourage people to work at home more often, the AD reports. Employers should be allowed to grant employees a bonus tax free if they regularly work at home. MPs Van Hijum and Koopmans say that this could help cut traffic congestion by 5 percent. The CDA also says occupational health and safety legislation should be amended so that employees themselves are responsible for a safe home work place.

 [Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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