"Netherlands should tackle drop out rate"
The OECD has urged the Netherlands to step up efforts to lower the secondary school drop out rate.24 January 2008
PARIS – The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has urged the Netherlands to step up efforts to lower the secondary school drop-out rate.
The drop-out rate in neighbouring countries is lower than in the Netherlands, according to a recent OECD publication.
Leaving school without qualifications leads to a higher chance of long term unemployment. Just as in most other OECD countries, more than 20 percent of unemployed people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the Netherlands have been unemployed for more than a year. That percentage is significantly lower in a number of Western European countries.
Angel Gurría, secretary general of the OECD, will visit the Netherlands next week. The Balkenende IV government wants to halve the number of school drop outs by 2012.
Municipalities and schools play a leading role in this plan. Extending preparatory secondary vocational education (VMBO) is expected to prevent drop outs in the transition to senior secondary vocational education (MBO).
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Subject: Dutch news