One third Dutch primary schools promotes segregation
About 680 primary schools in the Netherlands are either made up of mainly immigrant or ethnically Dutch children, shows study.THE NETHERLANDS – One third of primary schools in the Netherlands do not reflect the ethnic backgrounds of their local communities, shows a survey.
These schools tend to be made up of either mainly immigrant or Dutch-background pupils, while their local areas are much more diverse.
The survey, conducted by Knowledge Centre for Mixed Schools, is based on over 2,045 primary schools in nearly 40 municipal districts.
The Netherlands has about 7,000 schools throughout the country.
The centre, which promotes desegregation in education and is subsidised by the education ministry, believes schools should reflect the ethnic and social make-up of their areas.
It described the results of its research as shocking as children are not learning how to get along with people from different nationalities and religions.
The cities where education is most segregated are Lelystad, Leiden and Almelo.
The study reflects ongoing concerns about the degree of ethnic segregation in Dutch schools, as ethnically Dutch parents opt to send their children to schools where other children come from a similar background but are outside their neighbourhood.
This has resulted in pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds to dominate some schools, leading to the creation of black schools.
The centre presented its report to Deputy Education Minister Sharon Dijksma Wednesday.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica