No child allowance for drop-outs
Dutch politicians consider taking away child support allowances from parents who fail to send their children to school.10 October 2008
THE HAGUE -- Parents who fail to send their 16- and 17-year-olds to school could lose their child support allowance. Sources say the Family and Youth Minister André Rouvoet and Deputy Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Aboutaleb will present their plan to the cabinet on Friday.
Many young people, particularly those in vocational courses, drop out of secondary school. The government is concerned that this group will have fewer opportunities in the job market.
The government considers taking away child allowance as a last resort to pressure parents to return their children to school.
Since 2007, all Dutch citizens under the age of 18 without a start qualification are obliged to go to school. A start qualification includes secondary school certificates which give children access to further education. However, it does not include certificates from vocational secondary education.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]