'Poor scores: no diploma’
6 September 2007 , THE HAGUE – If students in senior general education (HAVO) and pre-university education (VWO) have low marks for Dutch, English or Mathematics they cannot obtain a diploma.
6 September 2007
THE HAGUE – If students in senior general education (HAVO) and pre-university education (VWO) have low marks for Dutch, English or Mathematics they cannot obtain a diploma.
The Education Council, an important advisory body to Minister of Education Ronald Plasterk, presented this recommendation on Thursday.
This requirement should ensure that students will have a thorough basic knowledge of these subjects. From the advice of the Council, made up of representatives of secondary education, vocational and professional higher education and the universities, it is evident that the sector can and wants to improve its performance and that of its students.
When the basic knowledge can be secured the different types of education will be better geared to one another. To avoid further haggling about which party is to be blamed for the lack of basic knowledge, secondary schools, vocational schools, schools for higher professional education and universities should clearly define the entry levels for higher education.
Once the entry levels have been defined, tests will be available on the internet. Students themselves can then check whether they have the essential basic knowledge and if necessary take extra classes or further tuition.
The education sector agrees with the Council’s conclusion that educational levels should be raised. Those with a higher education should have broad knowledge, ranging from a (inter) national cultural historical canon to developments in science and technology.
Students on their part should have more ambition to make their studies into an essential part of the life: the years that students can devote to their studies are unique. To ensure that students become more intensely involved in their studies
The Council suggests carrying out a survey into how students divide their time and adapting student grants and loans and the tax regulations for jobs on the side.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news