"New learning" not working

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4 May 2007, THE HAGUE - Schools, students and parents all support the need for a new teaching method in which much attention is devoted to helping students develop valuable skills.

4 May 2007

THE HAGUE - Schools, students and parents all support the need for a new teaching method in which much attention is devoted to helping students develop valuable skills.

The introduction of this "new learning" however has not gone smoothly in secondary vocational education. Lack of coordination, poor supervision and the failure to properly instruct educators in the new method are all causing the system to break down. This has emerged from a report by consultancy bureau Berenschot on which the Volkskrant reported today.

These problems are threatening to turn administrators, students and parents off to this skill-based education.

The ministry of education had hoped the new way of teaching would better motivate students and result in lower drop-out rates. It was also hoped that stressing skills rather than knowledge of facts would help educational programmes better prepare students for the labour market.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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