Municipalities address students on riots

27th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2007, AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam alderwoman for education Hennah Buyne has given her school attendance enforcement officials the task of contacting schools. They must request that educational institutions ensure that children resume attending class and stop heading to the streets to demonstrate. If students fail to resume attending school, the officials can come into action at the request of the schools and start fining parents, for instance.

27 November 2007

AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam alderwoman for education Hennah Buyne has given her school attendance enforcement officials the task of contacting schools. They must request that educational institutions ensure that children resume attending class and stop heading to the streets to demonstrate. If students fail to resume attending school, the officials can come into action at the request of the schools and start fining parents, for instance.

Buyne said via her spokesperson that she agrees with state secretary for education Marja van Bijsterveldt. The state secretary said on Monday evening that on grounds of the law on mandatory school attendance, aldermen could take action to prevent students from demonstrating and missing out on classroom time. The Amsterdam leader said the behaviour of some students was "entirely reprehensible." She is calling on parents and schools to do their best to make sure that the students do not get out of hand again.

Rotterdam also supports the call from the state secretary. Alderman Leonard Geluk has sent a letter to all secondary school students in the city. The schools are handing out the letter. Geluk writes that the behaviour of the students is no longer acceptable and that more demonstrations will have consequences, including fines for absence from school.

The schools should report if there are large numbers of students absent, so that the municipal officials in charge of enforcing mandatory school attendance can take action. The school administrations are being permitted to report students on strike collectively rather than individually. If the schools do not follow up on the alderman's instructions in Rotterdam, they too can expect fines.

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