Muslim school faces funding cut

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9 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven is threatening to cut of funding for 'As Siddieq' primary school in the Baarsjes district of Amsterdam.

9 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven is threatening to cut of funding for 'As Siddieq' primary school in the Baarsjes district of  Amsterdam.

A report by the education inspectorate said the authorities at the Muslim school are not doing enough to encourage the pupils to integrate into Dutch society.

In answer to questions from MPs of the Liberal Party (VVD) and the populist LPF, the minister wrote on Wednesday that she has given the school a final warning.

Until a new law was passed recently the minister only had the power to withhold funds if the educational standard remained below an acceptable level for a long period of time. Now Van der Hoeven can withhold state aid if a school does too little to encourage integration and "active citizenship".

Amsterdam City Council concluded two years ago that the school was doing too little about integration. The education inspectorate has monitored the school's progress since.

ISBO, the organisation representing Islamic schools in the Netherlands, expressed amazement at the minister's tough stance on Wednesday. A ISBO spokesperson said representatives from the school, the ministry and the ISBO had a meeting three weeks ago to agree steps the school had to take.

"We are working hard to make good on these agreements but we need time," the ISBO said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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